The Asia Minor Defense League

An image from the Catastrophe of Smyrna 1922. Photo: Museum of Asia Minor Hellenism "Filio Hademenou" in Nea Filadelfeia, Eurokinissi/Tatiana Bollari

The  Asia Minor defense league (Mikrasiatiki Amyna) sent to two missions – one to Europe and the other to the United States. This piece will focus on the United States mission.

In an interview conducted on August 5, 1922, at the Commodore Hotel in New York, Antonios Athinogenis, and Stephanos Beinoglou, representatives of Mikrasiatiki Amyna, disclosed to a New York Times reporter the purpose of their mission to America. The former stated “we are here to inform the American people of …

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