The Refugee Experience

Those who survived the genocide of 1914-23 were forcibly expelled from Asia Minor and Eastern Thrace (today's Turkey), their ancestral homelands, simply for being Greek, and Christian.
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Refugees from Smyrna in Ioanina, Greece

Refugees from Smyrna in Ioanina, Greece

Refugee children from Asia Minor in Greece

Refugee children from Asia Minor in Greece

Refugees dressed in old American clothes in Greece, 1923

Refugees dressed in old American clothes in Greece, 1923

A group of Pontic Greek refugees at Corfu January 20 1923. Photo: Kentro MIkrasiatikon Spoudon.

A group of Pontic Greek refugees at Corfu January 20 1923. Photo: Kentro MIkrasiatikon Spoudon.

Survivors of the massacre at Phocaea on the island of Mytilene a day after their arrival, 19 June 1914. Photo: Felix Sartiaux

Survivors of the massacre at Phocaea on the island of Mytilene a day after their arrival, 19 June 1914. Photo: Felix Sartiaux

You could be easily mistaken in thinking this photo is from the deportation of Jews to a concentration camp. In fact it's a photo taken during the #GreekGenocide. It shows an old woman and 3 children peering out of a train carriage while a soldier lies on the roof above them. They are Christians, seeking urgent passage out of Turkey following the burning of Smyrna. Photo: Albert Kahn archive

You could be easily mistaken in thinking this photo is from the deportation of Jews to a concentration camp. In fact it's a photo taken during the #GreekGenocide. It shows an old woman and 3 children peering out of a train carriage while a soldier lies on the roof above them. They are Christians, seeking urgent passage out of Turkey following the burning of Smyrna. Photo: Albert Kahn archive

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