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Plaque commemorates the victims of the genocide in the Pontus region of Turkey of Christian Greeks. The plaque unveiled by the Pontian Brotherhood of South Australia pays homage to the thousands of Christian Greeks who fell victim to one of the first Genocides of the 20th century. The unveiling also coincides with the 50 year anniversary of the Brotherhood which was founded in 1958 by Greeks of Pontus.
During World War One and its aftermath (1914-1923), the government of the Ottoman Empire instigated a violent campaign against the Greek population of the Empire. The campaign included massacres, forced deportations involving death marches, and summary expulsions. According to various sources, several hundred thousand Ottoman Greeks died during this period.
Some of the survivors and expelled, especially those in Eastern provinces, took refuge in the neighbouring Russian Empire. However, after the end of the 1919-22 Greco-Turkish War most of the Greeks migrated or were transferred to Greece under the terms of the 1923 population exchange between Greece and Turkey.
|Address:||82 Kintore Avenue, Migration Museum, Adelaide, 5000|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -34.91978|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:|
|Approx. Event Start Date:||1914|
|Actual Event End Date:|
|Approx. Event End Date:||1923|
|Approx. Monument Dedication Date:||December-2008|
THIS PLAQUE IS DEDICATED TO THE
HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS OF
PONTIC GREEKS WHO DIED
BETWEEN 1914 AND 1923 AS
GENOCIDAL VICTIMS OF THE
OTTOMAN EMPIRE. TENS OF THOSANDS MORE
SUFFERED ON DEATH MARCHES WHEN THEY
WERE EXPELLED FROM THEIR HOMES AND LANDS.
THEIR DESCENDANTS HAVE SPREAD TO
OVER 30 COUNTRIES
THERE ARE SOME 50,000 LIVING IN AUSTRALIA .
LEST WE FORGET
SOUTH AUSTRALIA 2008.