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Greek freedom fighters, May 19 is the day of remembrance of the Pontian Greek Genocide (1916-1923). Records kept mainly by priests show a minimum 350,000 Pontian Greeks exterminated by Turkish troops and Kurdish para-militaries. Other sources including  foreign missionaries mention 500,000 deaths, most through deportation and forced marches into the Anatolian desert. Greek cities (Pafra, Samsous, Kerasous, and Trapezous) endured massacres and deportations that destroyed their populations.

Greek freedom fighters, May 19 is the day of remembrance of the Pontian Greek…

circa1973 traditional costume skyros

GREECE CIRCA 1973 A stamp printed in Greece shows woman from Skyros Traditional Greek Costumes serie Stock Photo

The statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis ( general and the pre-eminent leader of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire)

The statue of Theodoros Kolokotronis ( general and the pre-eminent leader of the Greek War of Independence against the Ottoman Empire)

The division of the region of Macedonia after the Balkan Wars according to the Treaty of Bucharest

The division of the region of Macedonia after the Balkan Wars according to the Treaty of Bucharest

Filippos Margaritis, General Christodoulos Hadjipetros, c.1855  (Filippos Margaritis was the first Greek photographer.)

Filippos Margaritis, General Christodoulos Hadjipetros, (Filippos Margaritis was the first Greek photographer.

Greek irregular volunteers on the frontier during the Greco-Turkish War, Thessaly, Greece, 1897

Greek irregular volunteers on the frontier during the Greco-Turkish War, Thessaly, Greece, 1897

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The battle of Vassilika secured much of Central Greece for the revolutionaries. Painting by Peter von Hess.

Gouras and Androutsos with 800 men destroyed the Turkish army of Behrem Pasha…

Antalya, Turkey - ancient Greek rock-cut tombs in the small town of Kale, Antalya Province

Antalya, Turkey - ancient Greek rock-cut tombs in the small town of Kale, Antalya Province

First Balkan War pic. Title: “The Balkans against the tyrant”  This poster pictures a Bulgarian, a Greek, a Montenegrin and a Serb attacking together the “Ottoman dragon”.

First Balkan War pic. Title: “The Balkans against the tyrant” This poster pictures a Bulgarian, a Greek, a Montenegrin and a Serb attacking together the “Ottoman dragon”.

Albanian fighters in the employ of the Ottomans ready for a battle with Serbian forces in a photograph dated from 1912. At the conclusion of the First Balkan War, Albania—controlled by Serb and Greek troops—was designated to be an independent country.

The Balkan Wars: Scenes from the Front Lines

Albanian fighters in the employ of the Ottomans ready for a battle with Serbian forces in a photograph dated from At the conclusion of the First Balkan War, Albania—controlled by Serb and Greek troops—was designated to be an independent country.