Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Life Story of Greek Peddler born 1866

I just found an interesting short autobiography “THE LIFE STORY OF A GREEK PEDDLER – contributed by a Spartan now living in a suburb near New York City”.

This story was published in 1906 as Chapter IV (pages 63-79) in a book titled “The Stories of undistinguished Americans as told by themselves”, which was developed from a series of articles previously published in theIndependent. This is made available to you through the Harvard University Library online.

The person telling this story is unnamed. He was born about 1866 “in a little hamlet among the mountains of Laconia in Greece. There were only about 200 people in this place, and they lived in stone huts or cottages…..”
He gives a description of homes, how they made butter, wine, ground wheat and oats, and made clothing, farming, no need for currency, schooling, saint’s days and other holiday traditions, politics, superstition, the trip to the United States, the push cart business, and more.

This is an interesting read, I would suggest it.

Sunday, December 27, 2009

Citing Those Christmas Cards, Holiday E-Mails, and Family Photos

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. Now that the holidays are nearly over, I can try to catch up on some of my posts and website updates. Here’s a post that just came from the blogger at AnceStories: The Stories of My Ancestors – “Citing Those Christmas Cards, Holiday E-mails, and Family Photos”.

This article is great for reminding us, once again, to check our Christmas Cards and Emails for family news and photographs. Then, how to cite them correctly in our genealogy software.

Good luck with your Greek genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Yiayia Saved Christmas Cards from Greece

My yiayia saved most of the correspondence that she received from Greece. This is a Christmas post card that I believe was received sometime in the 1960’s. Don’t overlook this type of treasure – someone in your family might be the one that keeps all this old “stuff”. Luckily my mother and father were not the type to throw these out. This is another great source of information – Who sent it? Do they mention any other family members? What address was it sent from? The handwriting might be hard to decipher, but sit down with your Greek-English dictionary and the Greek handwriting samples on HellenicGenealogyGeek.com – give it a try.

Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)


Monday, December 21, 2009

Greek Christmas Elves - Kalikantzari


It’s the Christmas season so I thought you all would be interested in this excerpt from “The Greek News Agenda” online bulletin.

“Christmas Elves”

Kalikantzari are little creatures that live deep down inside the earth and together with the legends of Greece, play an important part in the customs and traditions of this holiday.

From Christmas until the Feast of the Epiphany, residents in Epirus place twelve spindles in front of the fireplace so that the kalikantzari see them and do not climb down the chimney.

On Christmas Eve, in the town of Grevena, the followers place a large log in the corner of the house and set it alight.

As the fire burns, lasting until the Feast of the Epiphany, it protects the family from the kalikantzari.

Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Two New Links for Greek Surnames

Here are two new links to websites dealing with Greek surnames and given names:

Greek Surnames – includes last name origins and meanings

Greek Names – includes names in English and Greek, sound of name, male and female versions, origin of names, and nicknames

Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)


Saturday, December 12, 2009

List of 693 Greece Born Died During Deportation WWII

I recently had the blogger at “Abravanel – Jewish life and not only in Greece” forward me this link to a list of 693 people born in Greece who died during deportation from France during World War II.

Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.
Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)

Sunday, December 6, 2009

History of Greek Surnames


The blog “Greek Surnames” is all about analyzing the history of words and Greek names. I have had a link to this blog on my HellenicGenealogyGeek.com website for quite awhile, but I think it is worth revisiting. The page is posted in the Greek language, however you can use the Google translator in the right hand column to translate into English or another language of choice.

They claim to have analyzed 3,500 Greek surnames to-date. The latest posting includes:








Stentor (Stentoras)



Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)


A resource for Greek genealogy research

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Greek Surnames - Searching Indexes

Greek Surnames

Do you have Greek ancestors who migrated to the United States or Canada but you can’t find them on any of the passenger ship indexes? Do you think you have tried all the alternate spellings when doing your searches?

I ran across two great charts that have been put together by Familysearch.org

Spelling Substitution Tables for the United States and Canada

Commonly Misread Letters Table – this table shows how indexers and transcribers sometimes misread handwriting. When reading the chart you will see two columns – “Intended” (shows the actual spelling) – “Common Mistakes” (shows what the indexer or transcriber sometimes thought he or she saw)

Phonetic Substitutes Table – The creator of the record sometimes misspelled the name in the original record because he or she misunderstood what the informant said. This happened very often when the informant came from another country (in our case, Greece). Also, many people were illiterate and did not know how to spell their names. The creator of the record spelled the name the way he or she thought it should be spelled. This table shows two columns – “Original letters” (for Greeks you might want to also think about “sounds like”) – the second column is “Letters Which Might Be Substituted for the Original”.

I am going to print these charts and keep them available for when I am doing my personal family searches.

Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Turkish Destruction of Greek Community of Istanbul 1955

The Mechanism of Catastrophe - Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, Destruction of Greek Community of Istanbul

By Speros Vryonis, Jr.

Published in 2005 by Greekworks.com – New York


This book mentions 785 different people of Greek descent – too many to include in this blog posting – but you can view them on the HellenicGenealogyGeek.com website page for this book “The Mechanism of Catastrophe”.

You can view the following on the page below:

Table of Contents

Synopsis from the dust jacket


As usual, I hope some of you can find this information useful. Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research. Don’t forget you can work with your local librarian to get a copy of this book through inter-library loan, purchase a brand new copy through the publisher’s website at Greekworks.com, or purchase a used copy through a place like http://abebooks.com

Georgia Keilman nee Stryker (Stratigakos)




List of Illustrations – 90 photographs

Prefatory Dedication, Acknowledgments

Prologue – A Personal Chronicle

Introduction – The Greeks of Istanbul on the Eve of September 6, 1955

Background and Institutions of the Pogrom

The Pogrom

Moral and Material Damages, and the Economics and Politics of Compensation

From Papagos to Karamanles (the Economics and Politics of Compensation continued)

The Attack on the Greek Orthodox Church

Crime and Punishment, and the Trial of the Menderes Government


Appendixes, Bibliography, Index



“On the night of September 6-7, 1955, the Greek community of Istanbul was violently struck throughout the expanse of Turkey’s most important metropolis. Within hours, businesses, homes, and even the churches of the Greeks were in ruins, with the British press calculating the damage of £100 million. It was the beginning of the end for the ethnic descendants of the city’s founders, who had settled this eastern tip of Europe two and a half millennia earlier.

This vicious and unprovoked attack quickly became entangled in the Cold War politics of the time, and the truth of it was just as quickly suppressed. Now, on the fiftieth anniversary of the mass destruction, Speros Vryonis has painstakingly reconstructed the events of that night in his magisterial work, The Mechanism of Catastrophe: The Turkish Pogrom of September 6-7, 1955, and the Destruction of the Greek Community of Istanbul.

This monumental study of a decisive moment in modern Turkish and Greek history is the first work of its depth ad range to be published on this critical subject in any language. It has been lauded even before publication as “a magnum opus,” “original and significant,” and a “brilliant book.” Surely, it will soon take its place as the definitive study of the violence it so meticulously describes and examines.

The volume includes an extensive section with remarkable photographs of the attacks by Demetrios Kaloumenos. This extraordinary visual documentation lends additional weights to the archival testimony presented y Speros Vryonis, and to his historical analysis of the pogrom, its aftermath, and its broader consequences.”

Friday, November 27, 2009

1,000+ Greeks, 1919-1924 Canadian Ocean Arrivals

On November 25, 2009 Ancestry.ca completed the online launch of the Canadian Passenger Lists, 1919-1924. I visited Ancestry.com and did a search in this new database for people born in Greece -- 1,065 results were returned. As usual, there are some results that don’t seem to make sense, but most are Greek surnames. If you have ancestors that arrived in Canada during the 1919-1924 time frame, this may be a very helpful resource.
Apparently this is the only online source for this data to-date. Remember that if you don’t want to purchase a membership to Ancestry.com, most libraries have an Ancestry.com version that you can use in the Library for FREE. - Also, Ancestry.ca is currently offering a 14 day free trial.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Historic Australian Newspapers Online

If you have ancestors that migrated to Australia you might be interested in the National Library of Australia’s “Historic Australian Newspapers, 1803 to 1954” online. As of November 21, 2009 there are 33 newspapers online, 920,989 pages consisting of 9,130,178 articles available to search.

I did a search on the word “Greek” and got 69,896 results. Try searching on your family name.

Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research.

Georgia Keilman


A resource for Greek genealogy research

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Hellas Australia - History of Greeks in Australia

If you have relatives that migrated to Australia you might be interested in this book -

Hellas Australia

The History of Greeks in Australia

(Book is printed in both Greek and English)

by Josef Vondra (Greek translation by George Psarros)

Published 1979 by Widescope International Publishers Pty Ltd.

Camberwell, Victoria, Australia

You can view the following on the page below:

102 names mentioned in this book

Table of Contents

Synopsis from the dust jacket


Hope some of you can find this information useful. Good luck with your Greek family genealogy research. Don't forget you can work with your local librarian to get a copy of this book through inter-library loan or purchase a copy through a website that deals with out of print books like http://abebooks.com

Georgia Keilman




Amanatides, Kyriakos - President Greek Culture League, Melbourne Australia

Amanatidis, Dina - Writer, husband Kyriakos Amanatidis

Amanatidis, Kyriakos - Writer, born northern Greece, migrated to Australia, wife Dina Amanatidis; quotes regarding thoughts on Greek-Australian writers

Andrianopoulos, Andreas

Andronikou, Emmanual - With brother Kosma, mentioned as cooperating in the publication of "The Life in Australia" in 1916

Andronikou, Kosma - With brother Emmanual, mentioned as cooperating in the publication of "The Life in Australia" in 1916

Argyropoulos, Constantine - From island of Sikinos, settled in Sydney Australia 1854

Arion, Spiros - Synopsis: Referenced as professional wrestler "The Golden Greek"

Aristarchos - Bishop of Greek Orthodox Church, Melbourne Australia; Born Alexandria; Photo

Aroney, Emanuel - Quotation from Dr. Emanuel Aroney, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Sydney; comments on multi-lingual radio programs in Australia

Aslanides, Timoshenko - Poet, resides in Canberra Australia

Black, John - aka John Mavrokefalos

Calomeris, Jim - born in Washington, came to Australia at age 19, printer, newspaper editor, quote re: Greeks in Australia - includes photograph

Chrisoulis, John - director of the play “The Maid” performed in Melbourne Australia

Christodoulou, Savvas - Cyprus born, lawyer, composer, musician, narrative relating to 1976 Glendi Festival in Melbourne, Australia - includes photograph

Christoforos - Archbishop - Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia (1924-1928)

Constantinou, Conn (Doctor) - Vice-President of Australian Greek Welfare Society established 1972

Ezekiel - Archbishop; Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia 1959 - 1974; born Patra 1913

Frangioudakis, Rena - born in Crete, 1977 voted most popular Greek announcer in Australia, awarded Golden Microphone Award - includes photograph

Friligos - Family settled in Brisbane Queensland Australia

Geminis, Tony - from Kastellorizo, founded Prunier’s Chiswick Garden Restaurant in Woollhara, Australia with George Koolis

George, Arthus (Sir) - Australian born Greek - first president of the Australian Soccer Federation

Georges, George - Born in Darwin, Western Australia, Australia Senator of Queensland elected 1967, son of Arthur Georgouras - includes photograph

Georgouras, Arthur - from Kastellorizo, arrived in Darwin, Australia 1916, father of Australian Senator George Georges

Giannopoulos, George - referenced as one of the first Greek bilingual teachers appointed in South Australia, 1971

Gikas, Damianos - said to have settled in Australia in August 1829

Gogos, Dimitrios (Takis) - born 1931, island of Chios, came to Australia at age 19, narrative on his life and role as originator of Neos Kosmos, a Greek Australian newspaper

Gouliovas, George - referenced as professional wrestler

Hatzianestis, Athanasios (Arthur) - sports editor of the Hellenic Herald in Australia

Ioannidis, Christos - Born, Florina, Greece - brother of Tassos Ioannidis - performed in concert with sections of Melbourne Australia Philharmonic Orchestra - includes photographs

Ioannidis, Tassos - reference Christos Ioannidis

Kaldis, Heather - Broadcasts along with husband Jim, the Greek Hour in Sydney, Australia

Kaldis, Jim - Broadcaster, along with wife Heather, of the Greek Hour in Sydney, Australia. Born in Lesros, came to Australia in 1949 at the age of eighteen. Commentary on his business background - includes photograph

Kapiniaris, Terpsi - referenced as coordinator of multi-lingual cultural studies in South Australia. Born in Kalamata Greece, came to Australia at age 5, commentary and quotes regarding her role in program - includes photograph

Kavaros, George - referenced as White House doctor and president of AHEPA

Kentavros, George E. - authored “The Life in Australia” published 1916. Born in Corinth, came to Australia 1911

Kollivris, Harold - referenced as professional wrestler one-time holder of Australian light-heavyweight championship

Kominos, Arthur - from Kythera, opened restaurant in Sydney, Australia 1878

Kominos, John D. - published “The Life in Australia” in 1916, honorary president of the Greek Orthodox Community in Sydney, Australia

Kontos, Efthimios - Egyptian born writer - migrant to Australia

Koolis, George - from Kastellorizo - founded Prunier’s Chiswick Garden Restaurant in Woollhara, Australia with Tony Geminis

Koronis, Haralambos - settled in Charleville, Queensland, Australia - includes photograph

Kouris, Alfredos - born Canea, Crete, arrived in Australia 1955 at 28 years of age, settled Melbourne, Australia - narrative on business and social activities

Kouris, Mitsi - photo at the Hellas Machinist Professional Training School in Melbourne, Australia

Koussidis, Eva - Born in Macedonia, came to Australia at age 11. Held position as State’s Greek Inquiry Officer. includes photograph with former South Australian Premier, Don Dunstan.

Koutoulis, Demetra - poet - Greek Australian

Koutsoheras, Con - Melbourne Australia businessman, Vice-President of the Wills Federal Electoral Assembly, Secretary of the Wills Central ALP Branch

Koutsoheras, Irene - story regarding her generosity and friendship with new neighbors, Melbourne, Australia - Husband Nicolas, sons Peter, Con, and Bill arrived Australia March 1953 - includes photographs

Kypraios, Angela

Kypraios, George

Kypraios, Nick - Born 1944 in Vathy, Samos, Greece - referenced as one of Australias leading Greek-Australian painters - commentary on his work and quotes from the artist - came to Australia in 1972 with wife Angela and son George - includes photograh

Lone-Kalamara, Vasso - referenced as short story writer and poet working from Perth Australia

Lucas, Andrew - Sailor from Ithaca, arrived Melbourne Australia 1848 as member of a British crew, commentary on his life and business interests, Photo - Andrew Lucas' Town Hall Café in Swanson Street, Melbourne, Australia

Lucas, Antonios - Photograph

Marcellos, G. - referenced as Manager of the Hellenic Herald when it was first published in Sydney, Australia 1926

Mavrokefalos, John (aka John Black) - from Ithaca, settled in Brisbane Australia 1883, became one of Brisbane’s leading citizens

Melidonis, Dino - born Alexandria, Egypt, commentary on business background, mentioned as anchor-man for a Greek radio program - includes photograph

Messaris, George - from island of Cephalinia, narrative on his role as Editor of the Hellenic Herald in Australia, married to Joan Messaris - includes photograph

Messaris, Joan - narrative regarding her role as journalist on the Hellenic Herald in Australia, married to George Messaris - includes photograph

Michelakakis, George - artist, born in Pireus, Greece - migrated to Australia

Michelidis, Petros - from island of Kastellorizo, born 1882, came to Australia 1902. Successful businessman, appointed consul for the affairs of Imperial Russia - includes photo of shopfront of P. Michelides’ tobacconist and cigarette factory at Perth, Western Australia

Miliopoulos, Paraskevas - referenced as author

Mitrakas, Eugenia - Lawyer, Secretary of AGWS

Moraitis, Spiro - well-known Doctor in Melbourne, Australia - President of Australian Greek Welfare Society established 1972

Morfesis, Georgios - from Ithaca, settled in Melbourne, Australia, credited with opening on of the first Greek businesses in 1869

Morris, Michael - Fourth generation Greek-Australian; memorial to Antonios Manolis

Morris, Peter - Also referenced as Panayiotis Montiadis; July 1981; member of Australian Federal Parliament for the Labor Party. Elected in New South Wales, parents from island of Symi. Shadow Minister for Transport.

Mourikis, Chris - Mentioned as assistant editor of Neos Kosmos, a Greek Australian newspaper, and secretary of the Greek Orthodox Community of Victoria

Ninis, Damianos - Acknowledged as one of the first Greeks in Australia; his story

Ninolakis, Nicos - Cretian poet, Greek-Australian writer

Papadopoulos, George - lecturer in law at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, Chairman of AGWS

Papasavas, Sam - Melborne Australia lawyer - president of the Australian Soccer Federation

Papasavas, Sam - born Tremetouscha, Cyprus 1941, migrated to Australia as a boy, first Greek to sit on Victoria, Australia’s State Parliament

Paschalides, Lambis - referenced as running a one-man newspaper, Kyriaki, in Sydney, Australia, approx mid 1900‘s - mentioned as leading political journalist for the Hellenic Herald in Australia - includes photograph

Peponis, George - Doctor - Australian sports star

Piperoglou, A. V. - Chairman of the Education Committee and Director of the Education Liaison Team for AGWS

Polites, Nick - includes quotes re: AGWS and photograph

Polites, Theodore - born island of Lefkas, came to Australia 1901, commentary on several successful business interests

Raftopoulos, Efstathios - from Kolliery on Ithaca, came to Australia 1890, mentioned as businessman, poet, actor, entertainer, and community leader. Describes how he personally publishes they Ulysses, the newspaper/journal of the Ithacan Philanthropic Society in Melbourne, Australia - includes photos

Raftopoulos, Spiro - father of Efstathios Raftopoulos from Ithaca

Rafty, George (aka Raftopoulos) - Sydney, Australia - well known cartoonist

Roma, Diamantina - Countess from Ithaca, died 1893, wife of first Governor of Queensland Australia, Sir George Bowen

Skalkos, Theo - describes publishing empire built by Theo Skalkos in Australia

Skiadopoulos, Nicos - mentioned as Greek radio announcer in Australia, and journalist for Neos Kosmos Greek newspaper

Skiadopoulos, Nick - actor-director, formed Greek Theatrical School in 1974 in Australia

Skiotis, Dennis - lecturer at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in Australia, quoted in relation to Neos Kosmos, a Greek Australian newspaper

Skourtis, George - author of the play “Karagiozis Almost Governor” -

Solomos, Dionysios - Greek poet

Spyridon - Archbishop - Head of Independent Greek Orthodox Church in Australia

Strombolis, Constantine - Acknowledged as one of the first Greeks in Australia; his story

Stylianos - Archbishop; Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church in Australia, arrived 1975, born Rethimnon, Crete 1935; Photo; Quotations

Taxiarchis, Dinos - author of the play “The Maid” - performed in Melbourne Australia

Theophylactos - Archbishop - Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia (1947-1958)

Timotheos - Archbishop - Primate of the Greek Orthodox Church of Australia (1931-1947)

Triantafyllopoulos, Andreas - composer, also worked as fitter and turner, taxi driver - migrant to Australia

Tsaloumas, Dimitris - Greek poet - narrative regarding some of his works, born on the island of Leros in 1921, settled in Australia - includes photograph

Vasil, George (see George Vasiliades)

Vasilakakos, John - writer, Australia

Vasiliadis, Amalia - mentioned as Greek radio announcer in Australia, and Greek language poet

Vasiliades, George (aka Vasil) - gained sixth place in the 1972 Olympics at Munich in the weight lifting feather weight division

Venizelos, Eleutherios - Premier of Greece

Zafiropoulos, Sakis - President of Greek Festival Week in Melbourne, Australia, quotations regarding festival

Zervos, Kevin - Director of Child Care and Family Centre in Richmond, Australia - established 1977

Zoumis, Savas - poet, interpreter by profession, Greek-Australian


There Must Be More to it Than That

A Countess, Successful Greeks and Massive Migration

Australian Life

Of Words and Voices

Expressions from the Antipodes

The Metropolitan See of Australia

‘Dialogue is a Word of Greek Origin’

A Matter of Welfare

The Story of a Family


Following is the synopsis from the book cover:

“Hellas Australia traces the story of Greeks in Australia from their first mention in Sydney newspapers in 1818 to their present status as one of the largest and most dynamic ethnic communities in multi-cultural Australia

But Hellas Australia is much more than just a history book. It is also a investigation of Greek life in Australia. Hellas Australia examines closely the unique contribution of Greeks both to their own Greek-Australian community and to Australian society at large in fields as diverse as sport, business, the arts, welfare, ethnic broadcasting, religion and politics.

Often brought under the post-war mass immigration schemes to a country publicised as a land of milk and honey, many Greeks have found Australian society to be intolerant and even hostile. Some of their individual stories, of their aspirations, years of hard work and their responses to a strange new country, are told in Hellas Australia.

With parallel Greek and English text, Hellas Australia is a unique publishing venture aimed at enhancing the mutual understanding of Greeks and other Australians.”

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Greek Culture - Recipe - Spinach with Rice (Spanakorizo)

Here is today’s Greek recipe.

Spinach with Rice (Spanakorizo)


2 lbs. spinach

1 cup chopped onions

½ cup olive oil

1-1/2 cups short grain rice

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon dill

3 cups water

salt and pepper


Wash spinach. Remove stems, drain leaves well and tear into pieces. (If I use baby spinach I don’t bother to try and remove stems, just use as is) In a deep pan gently fry onion in oil until soft. Stir in rice and cook 5 minutes. Add remaining ingredients (except spinach). Bring to a boil and then add spinach. Stir well, cover and cook gently for 15 minutes. (I always check to make sure rice is done – sometimes it takes a little longer to get done.) Remove from heat, leave tightly covered and allow to stand for 5 minutes before serving.

Hope you enjoy it!

Georgia Keilman


A resource for Greek family genealogy research.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700

242 Greek names are mentioned in the book “Greek Diaspora and Migration since 1700 – Society, Politics and Culture” edited by Dimitris Tziovas – published 2009 by Ashgate Publishing
You can view the following on the page below:
242 Greek names mentioned in this book
Table of Contents
Synopsis from the dust jacket
As always, I hope some of you will find this information helpful with your research. If you are interested in getting a copy of this book for your research, contact your local librarian and see if they can get you a copy through the Inter-library Loan Services.
Georgia Keilman
A resource for Greek family genealogy research
Adamos, Takis
Ajonovski-Oche, Vangel
Alexakis, Vassilis
Alexandropoulos, Mitsos
Alexiou, Elli
Amire, Ussi
Andonovski, Christo
Angelopoulos, Theo
Antonakos, Stephen
Antonellos, Manolis
Antonellos, Nikolaos
Antypas, Nikolas
Apostolidou, Venetia
Argyriou, Alexandros
Axioti, Melpo
Bellou, Sotiria
Bitoshki, Kruste
Bosis, Kostas
Botsaris, Markos
Brademas, John
Cababe, Paul
Calas, Nicolas (aka Nikos Kalamaris)
Calvocoressi brothers
Caradja, Rosa
Cassavettis, Dimitrios
Cavafy, C. P.
Chatziioannou, Maria Christina
Chatziphotis, I. M.
Chatzis, Dimitris
Christopoulos, Dimitris
Christou, Anastasia
Deliyiannis, Theodoros
Dimakis, Ilias (Goce)
Dimaras, K. Th.
Drakon, Nikolaos
Dritsas, Thomas
Dukakis, Michael
Eftaliotis, Argyris
Elytis, Odysseas
Ephtaliotis, Argyris
Eugenides, Jeffrey
Eumorfopoulos, Aristides
Eumorfopoulos, George
Ferentinos, Ioannis
Fiorenti, Anastasia
Fioretos, Aris
Fix, Karolos
Florin, Yerasimos
Fotiadis, Dimitrios
Franghiadi, Stephen
Gage, Eleni N.
Gage, Nicholas
Galati, Theoni
Gauntlett, Stathis
George, Andrew
George, Rosemary Marangoly
Giannaris, Constantine
Gikas, Ioannis
Gneftos, Pavlos
Gropas, Ruby
Helladius, Alexander
Iakoumi, Ioanna
Iliadis, Nikos
Iliou, Maria
Ionides family
Ionides, Efrosini
Jusdanis, Gregory
Kakoris, Ioannis
Kalamaris, Ioannis
Kalamaris, Nikos (aka Nicolas Calas)
Kalliarekos, Sokratis
Kallifatides, Theodor
Kapomatis, Ioannis
Karavelas, Ioannis
Karkavitsas, Andreas
Karnezis, Panos
Kassanos, Eleni (Helen)
Kassanos, Elizabeth
Kassanos, Vartholomaios
Kassava, Grigorios
Katsan, Gerasimus
Kavouras, Anestis
Kavouras, Yiorgos
Kavvadias, Nikos
Kazamias, Alexander
Kazantzakis, Nikos
Keramiciev, Mihail
Kitrilakis, Persis
Kitroeff, Alexander
Klironomos, Martha
Kokkinos, Christos
Konstandinidis, K. N.
Konstantinos, Yeoryios (George)
Korais, Adamantios
Kotsias, Tilemachos
Kounelis, Yannis
Kovellas, Aristotelis
Kranaki, Mimika
Laras, Loukis
Laskaridi, Antoni
Levi, Maschia
Levi, Rina
Loizos, Anastasios
Lykoudis, Emmanouil
Magnis, Petros
Majendie, Ioannis
Malanos, Timos
Mandiras, Yeoryios
Manesiotis, Joy
Marangoulis, Manolis
Markesun, Yitzhak
Matsakis, Themis
Mavrogordato, G. M.
Mavroiannis, Andreas
Melas, Konstantinos
Melas, Leon
Melas, Vassilios
Melas, Yeoryios
Metaxas, Angelos
Metaxas, Constantine
Metaxas, Elizabeth
Metaxas, Maria
Michailidis, Iakovos
Mikedaki, Evangelista
Mikedaki, Marigo
Monioudis, Perikles
Moraitidis, Alexandros
Moschavi, Rita
Moschavi, Sara
Moschavi, Savrina
Moschos, Margaritis
Moullas, Panayiotis
Negri, Solomon
Negroponte brothers
Nerantzis, Tasos
Nikolaides, Ioannis
Nikolaidis, Nikos
Niotis, G.
Palamas, Kostis
Pallis, Alexandros
Pangalos, Theodoros
Pantazis, Periklis
Papadopoulos, Alekos
Papadopoulos, Thomas
Papandreou, Andreas
Papanikolaou, Dimitris
Papargyriou, Elenio
Parnis, Alexis
Pejov, Naum
Pelekanos, George
Petalas, Theodoros
Petridis, Pavlos
Petropoulos, Elias
Petrou, Stamatis
Petsalnikos, Filippos
Philippou, George
Pierides, George
Pieridis, Theodosis
Politis, Athanasios
Psomas, ikolaos
Psycharis, Yiannis
Ralli family
Ralli, Eustratio
Ralli, Michael
Rallis, Pandias Stephanos
Randos, Nikitas (aka Nikos Kalamaris)
Raptis, Michalis
Rendis, Dimos
Rhodostomo, Nikolaos
Rodocanachi family
Sakellarios, N.
Samaras, Luca
Sarrinikolaou, George
Scaramanga, Julia
Scaramanga, Mariora
Scholes, John
Seferis, George
Serkis, Stefanos
Sevastikoglou, Yiorgos
Sfirelli, Eleni M.
Simovski, Todor
Spartali-Stillman, Marie
Spartali, Michael
Spieros, M. (aka Nikos Kalamaris)
Spilios, Apostolos
Stamelos, Kostas
Stamos, Theodoros
Stanellos, Spyros
Stathoupopoulos, Thymios
Steris, Yerasimos
Stratigopoulou, Danae
Syngros, Andreas
Theotokas, Yiorgos
Thorichy, Matthew
Tolides, Tryfon
Triandafyllidou, Anna
Triffilis, Antonios
Trifillis, Elizabeth
Trifillis, Nicholas
Trikoupis, Spyridon
Tsangaradas, Kostas
Tsaravopoulos, Nikolas
Tsirkas, Stratis
Tsitsanis, Vasilis
Tzannachis, Themistoklis Vlaassopoulos
Tziovas, Dimitris
Valaoritis, Nanos
Vamvakaris, Markos
Vardalos, Nia
Venturas, Lina
Vikelas, Dimitrios
Vlastos, Petros
Vogli, Elpida
Voukinas, Timotheos
Voulgaris, Daniil
Voulgaris, Pantelis
Xenos, Stephanos
Yamvili, Yani
Yennadios (Cypriot Archimandrite)
Yeorgirinis, Iosif
Yialourakis, Manolis
Zafiropoulou, Meletti
Zambaco, Maria Terpsithea
Zee, Nikolaos
Zei, Alki
Zografos, Konstantinos
List of Tables
List of Contributors
Introduction – Dimitris Tziovas
The Émigré Experience: Case Studies
Tales from the Dark Side: Transnational Migration, the Underworld and the “Other” Greeks of the Diaspora – Thomas W. Gallant
Silent Minority: The Greek Community of Eighteenth-Century London – Jonathan Harris
Greek Merchants in Victorian England – Maria Christina Chatziioannou
Repatriation, Migration or Readjustment: Egyptian Greek Dilemmas of the 1950s – Anthony Gorman
Searching for a Motherland: Slav-Macedonian Political Refugees in the People’s Republic of Macedonia (1944-2003) – Iakovos D. Michailidis
No Place is (like) Home: Mobilities, Memories and Metamorphoses of Greek Migrants in Denmark – Anastasia Christou
National Centre and Transnational Periphery
A Greece for Greeks by Descent? Nineteenth-Century Policy on Integrating the Greek Diaspora – Elpida Vogli
Defining the Changing Boundaries of Greek Nationality – Dimitris Christopoulos
‘Deterritorrrialising’ the Nation: the Greek State and ‘Ecumenical Hellenism’ – Lina Venturas
The Limits of Political Transnationalism: The Greek-American Lobby 1070s – 1990s – Alexander Kitroeff
Indigenous Foreigners: The Greek Diaspora and Travel Writing (1880-1930) – Dimitris Tziovas
Between Language, Land and Empire: Humanist and Orientalist Perspectives on Egyptian-Greek Identity – Alexander Kazamias
The Poetics of Transit: Exile, Diaspora and Repatriation in Stratis Tsirka’s Novels – Eleni Papargyriou
‘Be it Ever so Humble’: Nostalgia for Home and the Problem of Return in Post-War Greek Novels – Gerasimus Katsan
The Politics of Memory in the Fiction of Greek Political Exiles in Eastern Europe – Venetia Apostolidou
The Return of Nikitas Randos: Satire, Memory and Otherness in the Post-War Poetry of Nicolas Calas – Lena Hoff
The Topos of Home in New Greek-American Writing – Martha Klironomos
Repatriation on Screen: National Culture and the Immigrant Other since the 1990s – Dimitris Papaikolaou
The Diaspora Sings Back: Rebetika Down Under – Stathis Gauntlett
The Greek diaspora is one of the paradigmatic historical diasporas. Though some trace its origins to ancient Greek colonies, it is really a more modern phenomenon. Diaspora, exile and immigration represent three successive phases in Modern Greek history and they are useful vantage points from which to analyse changes in Greek society, politics and culture over the last three centuries.
Embracing a wide range of case studies, this volume charts the role of territorial displacements as social and cultural agents from the eighteenth century to the present day and examines their impact on communities, politics, institutional attitudes and culture. By studying migratory trends the air is to map out the transformation of Greece from a largely homogenous society with a high proportion of emigrants to a more diverse society inundated by immigrants after the end of the Cold War. The originality of this book lies in the bringing together of diaspora, exile and immigration and its focus on developments both inside and outside Greece.