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Current Work

The main task of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation is to establish a new cultural institution. The Foundation’s foremost priority is creating a permanent exhibition on flight and expulsion in twentieth- and twenty-first-century Europe and the world.

The library, collections, and archive are already accessible to the public for research and active participation. Events and numerous cooperative agreements facilitate scholarly networking and offer insight into the Foundation’s themes and work.

You can find information about the latest news from the Foundation in the following.

Book Premier „Pontos − The Expulsion of the Greeks from the Black Sea. Searching for Traces

On May 7, 2019, the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation, together with the Ch. Links Verlag, presented „The Last Byzantines. The Expulsion of the Greeks from the Black Sea. Searching for Traces.”

Exactly 100 years ago, in May 1919, the expulsion of the Greek Orthodox population from the Turkish Black Sea coast began. The expulsion and deportation of the Pontos Greeks has been largely forgotten today.

The philologist and sociologist Dr. Tessa Hofmann, an expert on the history of the Greeks of Asia Minor, introduced the topic. The author then provided insights into his book. Mirko Heinemann took the 150 guests in the Senate Chamber of the Humboldt University on a journey through northern Turkey, into the forgotten world of the Pontos Greeks. Proceeding from the fate of his grandmother, the author described how at least 1.2 million Greeks were expelled after the First World War from what is today Turkey, spelling the end of more than 2,500 years of cultural history.

In a panel discussion with Dr. Andreas Kossert (Research Fellow at the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation), the speakers discussed the influence of the history of expulsion on present-day Greece, as well as general issues of loss of homeland, memory and identity. How does the history of flight and expulsion affect subsequent generations? To what degree does our grandparents’ history impact our own lives? Many children and descendants from the uprooted Pontos Greeks came decades later as „guest workers” to Germany, where they found a new homeland. Heinemann’s interest in the expulsion of his Greek grandmother was awakened when, a few years ago, the freelance journalist researched the fate of German refugees who died when the „Wilhelm Gustloff” sank off the coast of Pomerania on January 30, 1945.

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Foundation Director Dr. Gundula Bavendamm speaking with the author, Mirko Heinemann, and Anastassios Ossipidis, Chairman of the Federation of Associations of Greeks from Pontos in Europe.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Counsellor Aristidis Radiopoulos (Embassy of the Hellenic Republic in Germany), Dr. Gundula Bavendamm (Director of the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation), Mirko Heinemann (author) and Dr. Andreas Kossert (Research Fellow at the Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation) (from left to right)
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
The philologist Dr. Tessa Hofmann held an introductory presentation on the subject.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Mirko Heinemann reads from his book, „The Last Byzantines. The Expulsion of the Greeks from the Black Sea. Searching for Traces.”
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Dr. Andreas Kossert speaking with Dr. Tessa Hofmann and Mirko Heinemann.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
Published by Ch. Links Verlag on April 10, the book tells the story of the expulsion of the Christian Pontos Greeks from the Turkish Black Sea coast, focusing on the fate of one family.
© Foundation Flight, Expulsion, Reconciliation; photographer: Thomas Grabka
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