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"Twice a stranger" - the story of the 20th century through the eyes of the displaced

20 September 2012 / 19:09:23  GRReporter
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It's hard to choose. But I always remember a Greek family that was expelled from Asia Minor and ended up in Cyprus, but in the northern part of the island. These people were forced to move again during the events of 1974.
I will never forget the stories of Turks from Crete, who settled along the coast of Asia Minor after they had been expelled and they did not speak Turkish at all. The only language they spoke was the local dialect of Crete. Even now, they continue to tell the stories using the typical Crete verses - mantinada.
I remember very well the stories of members of the second generation of displaced on both sides of the border. They met years later, got acquainted and became friends with each other.

Yuri Averof added finally, "Twice a stranger" is not just an exhibition. Educational programmes for children and readings, discussions, film shows, gastronomic and musical evenings are being organized within its frameworks.  Our goal is to allow any visitor, regardless of his or her age and story, to find what suits and interests him or her."

The exhibition runs until 25 November at the main building of the Benaki Museum (A. Koumbari Str. and Vassilis Sofias Avenue, Athens).

Tags: HistoryCinemaExhibitionDisplacedExchange of populationLausanne Peace TreatyBenaki Museum
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