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    Assyrian International News Agency
    May 30 2012

    Genocide was the main topic at the Pan-Macedonian Studies Center, which
    hosted Sophia Kontogeorge Kostos, author of the newly released book,
    Before the Silence: Archival News Reports of the Christian Holocaust
    That Begs To Be Remembered. The work is comprised of a collection of
    newspaper reports documenting the massacres and genocides of Greeks,
    Armenians and Assyrian minorities who inhabited Asia Minor by the
    Ottoman Turks and later by the New Turks and Kemalists.

    As Kostos revealed during a question and answer session these original
    reports emanated from English language sources and showed that there
    was a systematic and organized campaign by Turkish authorities to
    commit genocide. The book attempts to serve as a permanent reminder
    that the many massacres starting from 1822, and the genocides carried
    out during the years 1914 through 1923 are a crime against humanity
    and the memories of the victims should never be forgotten but respected
    and remembered.

    Kostos concluded the lecture with the presentation of a copy of the
    book The Refugee Summer by Edward Fenton to Pan-Macedonian Studies
    Center Founder Elias Neofytides for inclusion in the center's Greek
    American library; the first of its kind in the state. The May 23
    lecture was followed by the screening of the documentary film, In
    The Footsteps Of The Argonauts. The film follows the fortunes of
    the Greeks living on the Black Sea, with particular emphasis on the
    City of Trebizond. Trebizond (Trabzon in modern Turkey) was not only
    the longest surviving of the Byzantine successor states, but also a
    symbol of the Greek communities which have lived and thrived on the
    shores of the Black Sea since the 8th century BC.

    The film was hosted and narrated by renowned Greek actor Kostas
    Arzoglou, (himself a descendant of the area), who was joined by an
    international team of experts from Greece, Cyprus and the UK.--Jason
    D. Antos Photo Jason D. Antos.

    From: A. Papazian