“Refugees remain here, outdoors, in a wretched state, dying every day” 1924 Telegram
On the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Asia Minor Catastrophe, our Museum is participating in the Benaki Museum exhibition titled: ASIA MINOR. Radiance - Destruction - Uprooting - Creation.
The exhibition brings to life the history of the Greeks of Asia Minor, their prosperity, the persecution they faced, and their integration into Greece. Among the thousands of artefacts of this very important exhibition, visitors will also find seven telegrams from our Museum collection. These are telegrams referring to the Asia Minor Campaign and the integration of refugees after 1922. The telegrams tell of the injury of a soldier on the Asia Minor front, the retreat of the Greek army, the conflict between the refugees and the indigenous population of the countryside, and the difficulties of settling.
Our Museum’s collaboration with Benaki Museum supplements the trials of the Greeks of Asia Minor, giving a voice to the inanimate objects and the ordinary people who experienced the tragedy of the Catastrophe and being uprooted.
The exhibition is presented at Benaki Museum, 138 Piraeus St
Duration: 15/9/2022 to 26/2/2023