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The Hellenic Heritage Foundation Launches Exodus: The Stories of 1922

TORONTO – The Hellenic Heritage Foundation (HHF) announced the launch of its newest podcast series Exodus: The Stories of 1922. Produced by the HHF’s award-winning History Committee, Exodus: The Stories of 1922 is a five-part podcast exploring the Great Catastrophe, a critical chapter in Greek history which led to the expulsion of Greeks from Asia Minor and Thrace.

The five episodes will cover the multicultural nature of the population in the late Ottoman period, how the forces of nationalism tore apart their society, and the wars which led to a mass exodus of Christians and Muslims, away from their homelands. Exodus will also examine the plight of the refugees, the hardships of resettlement but it will also look at their culture and resilience, and their ability to transform Greece.

The podcast series is hosted by journalist Sandra Gionas and co-hosted by various members of the HHF’s History Committee, including Professor Sakis Gekas, the HHF Chair in Modern Greek History at York University. Sponsored by Agape Greek Radio, the series includes original music by Toronto musician Demetri Petsalakis.

“For many of us in the Greek diaspora, this story is personal because of our ancestral roots in Asia Minor and Thrace,” said Gionas. “This podcast isn’t only for diaspora Greeks, but also for those interested in current affairs and concerned about refugee crisis created by modern day wars in Ukraine and Syria.”

Podcast episodes can be downloaded on Spotify, Stitcher, and Apple Podcasts, or listen on the HHF website, www.hhf.ca.

In 2018, the HHF’s History Committee launched the year-long commemoration of the 1918 Anti-Greek Riots in Toronto. That campaign won the Heritage Toronto 2019 Community Heritage Award. The HHF Presents also has produced podcasts The Idea of Greece on the Greek Revolution and Kore 670: The Podcast, on the Kore exhibit at the Royal Ontario Museum.

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