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Oxi Day and its Effects on WWII, Europe and America Panel Discussion on Oct. 25

NEW YORK – On Sunday, October 25, 2 PM EST (11 AM PST, 9 PM Athens EEST), the East Mediterranean Business Culture Alliance (EMBCA) presents the OXI Day (October, 28, 1940) and its Effects on World War II, Europe and America panel discussion via Zoom in association with the Hellenic American National Council (HANC), and AHEPA’s Hellenic Cultural Commission.

Lou Katsos, EMBCA founder and president said via email: “OXI Day (October 28, 1940) a national Hellenic holiday represents when the Hellenic Prime Minister Metaxas was awoken to respond to a series of demands from a representative of a WWII Axis Power which would have allowed foreign troops free reign in Greece, a neutral nation at the time. His response to these demands a simple ‘OXI/NO’ led to battles by the Hellenes of historical international consequences for Europe and the free world.

“It was the first time in the European theater that an Axis Power was defeated after they had taken over country after country, raised the hopes of occupied Europe, and caused the Nazi forces which were scheduled to attack the Soviet Union (Operation Barbarossa) to divert their forces and invade Greece instead. This diversion led to a delay in the Nazi invasion of the U.S.S.R. and the Nazi’s eventual defeat there in the Soviet winter. As per the title of this event OXI Day was a turning point in WWII and had an importance that went beyond the Hellenic Republic and the war that was international in scope.

“In addition, despite the ultimate Hellenic defeat, having fought long and hard, the bravery of the Hellenic people during those difficult six months also had the effect of changing how Hellenic Americans were perceived in the United States. It transformed them from being thought of as the “Other” to being finally accepted as Americans. These and other aspects of OXI Day will be elaborated on in the panel discussion.”

More information is available online: https://embca.com/.

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