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Athenian democracy teaches us sobering lessons about war and peace

For Australians in France 11 November is a sombre day. I am not alone in having a great grandfather who survived Gallipoli only to be gravely wounded in France. The …

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Why Greek Australians are up to three times more likely to be misdiagnosed with dementia

When Matthew Staios first entered the field of neuropsychology, he was told that the cognitive tests available for the diagnosis of dementia were gold standard. And they are, if you …

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‘Xenitia’, longing and memories: The Greek migrant experience in Australia nine years on

Nine years have passed since the day Eleni Nikoloudi and her husband Panagiotis, along with their two children, decided to leave their homeland, a small town in Serres seeking a …

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Road to Remembrance (Part 4): Civil War

On 18 October, as the Germans were still desperately trying to evacuate Thessaloniki, Papandreou entered Athens to establish the prearranged ‘National Liberty’ government, only to find the economic, social and …

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Those funny little notes and the story behind them

Who doesn’t love those sweet little notes that our mothers and grandmothers used to leave for us on the kitchen table letting us know their whereabouts for the day in …

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The diaspora in action: Meet the Greek Australians giving back to the mother country

It was former diplomat, Professor Kishore Mahbubani who said “sometimes you need a major crisis to bring people together”. This couldn’t be truer for Greece and the diaspora. With the …

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Road to Remembrance (Part 3): Operation Manna

The month began inauspiciously for the occupiers. As recorded in the German Navy War Diary, a new Royal Navy task force comprising “three aircraft carriers, two cruisers and five destroyers” …

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Road to Remembrance (Part 2): A failed chance at early liberation

In what became known as the ‘Rhodes’ or ‘Rome’ dilemma, Churchill had long favoured an early Allied liberation of Greece as a prerequisite to securing the Balkans, bringing neutral Turkey …

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The ‘blessed Liberty Ships’: The ‘yeast’ that caused the Greek fleet to rise

I grew up in a family of Greek merchant sailors. My father, from Hydra, served in the Greek Navy and then the merchant marines, as did his father, grandfather, brother, …

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Artist Elena Papanikolakis on breaking the mould, and pursuing her passion

A photograph, words in a book, a scene in a film, or a conversation with the perfect stranger all have the potential to inform, and weave themselves into the work …