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…

Greek fighters--perhaps blackshirts. Despite daunting odds, Greek rebels are fierce.

Greek fighters--perhaps blackshirts. Despite daunting odds, Greek rebels are fierce.

Pontic Greek women of Pontus

Traditional woman dress from North Anatolia -Turkey (Black Sea-Trabzon)…

Pontic Greek women of Pontus

Traditional festive costumes of the 'Rum' (Greek-Orthodox)inhabitants from Trebizonde/Trabzon (eastern Black Sea coast).

Pontic Greek women of Pontus

Traditional festive costumes of the 'Rum' (Greek-Orthodox) inhabitants from the…

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