Thursday, April 30, 2015

The Story of Greeks in Italy

Published by Greek Reporter - Europe on April 27, 2015
Authored by Ioanna Zikakou

Greeks have been migrating to Italy for many centuries. The first wave of Greek migrants moved to Venice before the 10th century. They were mostly craftsmen and artists who were sought after for their technical expertise, contributing to the construction and decoration of many buildings across the city. 

The Greek migration wave grew even larger after the Turks advanced against the Byzantine Empire and peaked after the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. It is estimated that the Greek population of Venice reached 5,000 people at the time. 

Since the Greeks first arrived in Venice, they claimed their right to freely exercise their religious duties but the city’s political and religious authorities refused. For several decades they secretly exercised their religious rights in their homes, until the Council of Florence provided a chapel to the Greek community in 1456. 

Furthermore, Greeks can also be found in Southern Italy, forming the Griko people, an ethnic Greek community spread out in the regions of Calabria and Apulia. The Griko are believed to be remnants of the once large Ancient and Medieval Greek communities of southern Italy. 

Synagonists: The Greek Jews in the National Resistance - The Ones Who Never Wore the Yellow Star

Published by Greek Reporter USA on April 25, 2015
Author - Ioanna Zikakou

The exhibition “Synagonistis: The Greek Jews in the National Resistance – The Ones Who Never Wore the Yellow Star” was officially launched in Washington. Greek Minister of Foreign Affairs Nikos Kotzias, Greek Ambassador. Christos Panagopoulos, Senior Rabbi Bruce Lustig and the Director of Athens’ Jewish Museum Zanet Battinou, as well as several diplomatic, academic, cultural, journalistic and social elite representatives of the Greek-American and American-Jewish communities were present at the launch event. 

The exhibition, originating from the Jewish Museum of Greece and presented by the Embassy of Greece, aims to honor the contribution of the Greek Jewish fighters to the struggle against the Nazis in occupied Greece, as well as dispute the theory that all Jews succumbed to the Holocaust like “lambs to the slaughter.” Apart from the historical reality of 1941-44, the exhibition presents the personal stories of Greek-Jews who participated in the National Resistance during the Second World War and joined in all the Greek resistance organizations of the era.
Thorough research that went on for five years resulted in the collection of personal stories of men and women from various Jewish communities of Greece, who took up arms in the dark days of the Occupation and were named “comrades in arms,” the supreme title of honor among Resistance fighters. Photographs, documents, letters, proclamations, resistance newspapers and other relevant material are being presented for the first time. The exhibition is accompanied by a bilingual catalog, a documentary film by David Gavriilidis, as well as a specially designed educational program for schools.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

4,870 born in Greece - Alabama Census Records 1850-1940 has FREE databases that will allow you to view census forms for people listed as being born in Greece and residing in Alabama.


Includes the following record sets:

United States Census, 1850 
United States Census, 1860
United States Census, 1870
United States Census, 1880
United States Census, 1900
United States Census, 1910
United States Census, 1920
United States Census, 1930
United States Census of Merchant Seamen, 1930
United States Census, 1940

Each year the census form is different and does a great job of providing information for each year.  (Click on a name and then follow the link on the right hand side titled "About this collection".)