Aris Tsilfides – The Genocide of the Greeks in Turkey
Genocide / August 24, 2020

Aug 24, 2020 – What if your grandparents had narrowly escaped a genocide that left one million people dead, just because they shared your faith and ethnic background? That’s part of the Karayanis family story, in the mass murder of Greeks by Ottoman Turkey that followed the Great War. Our guide back to the 20th Century’s first genocide, is Greek-Australian Aris Tsifidis, who brings us The Genocide of the Greeks in Turkey: Survivor Testimonies from The Nicomedia (Massacres of 1920-1921). It’s the first English translation of journalist Kostas Faltaits work, published in 1921 under the title, These are the Turks: Survivor Testimonies from the Nicomedia Massacre. Aris administers the Greek Genocide Resource Center, an online portal containing bibliography, photos, testimonies and other documentation of the mass slaughter that left up to 1.5 million people dead, and forced over a million others out of the homeland where they’d lived for centuries. Connect on Twitter @Greek_Genocide and on Facebook at TheGreekGenocide and IzmitMassacres pages.       Podcast: Download (Duration: 1:11:13 — 163.0MB)Subscribe: Apple Podcasts | Google Podcasts | RSS | More

Lou Ureneck – Smyrna, September 1922 – The American Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide
Genocide / August 22, 2016

Aug 22, 2016 – For this episode, our time machine takes us back to the aftermath of the First World War, where we’ll visit a defeated member of the Central Powers that targets ethnic minorities for wholesale slaughter. It’s not Nazi Germany, but Ottoman Turkey — in the final chapter of their genocide against Greeks, Armenians and other Christians, that the nation denies to this day. Our guest, Lou Ureneck, is a professor at Boston University, and author of Smyrna, September 1922 – The American Mission to Rescue Victims of the 20th Century’s First Genocide. His book was published in hardcover as The Great Fire, a fitting title since the term Holocaust itself comes from the Greek words for “whole” and “burned.” The cosmopolitan, diverse city of Smyrna is long gone, and Turkey’s Izmir built on its ashes. This is the story of how two men — a low-level YMCA minister and a U.S. Navy officer, bucked the American government and a tide of indifference or outright hatred, to save over a million ethnic Greeks from certain death. You can learn more about this tale of cruelty and heroism, by visiting,, or following at @LouisUreneck on Twitter. On…