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Broadcasting date: 20-12-2004
Title : SORRY KOSTA
Subject : TURKEY

With the improvement of the Greek-Turkish relations and the perspective of the initiation of negotiations regarding Turkey’s accession in the EU, a series of Turkish intellects do not hesitate to openly criticize their country’s policy towards Greeks living in Constantinople. Director Tobriz is preparing a movie concerning the pogrom against Greeks in the events of September 1955. Publisher Ragip Zarakolu is about to publish one more book about the culture of Pontiacs – the previous ones led to indictments and a bomb attack that totally destroyed his publishing house. Journalist and writer Ridwan Akar, wrote a sensational article, entitled “Sorry Kostas”. He apologizes for the Turkish persecution of the Greek minority during the 20th century.

 

A number of Constantinople Greeks also speak about their memories of the “stone years” of the Greek-Turkish relations. The head of the Zografeion School, Mr. Fragkopoulos, the publisher of the Greek newspaper, Mr. Vasileiadis, and Mr. Kaloumenos, whose photos informed the rest of the world about the indescribable catastrophe the Greeks underwent in 1995. Mehmed Guz, one of the best Turkish reporters, analyses the political games of that period, as well as the provocateur events organized by the Turkish secret services, after having placed a bomb in Kemal Attaturk’s house in Thessalonica.

 

The program’s camera visits the Zografeion School, a grand building with only 49 students. Due to the constant persecutions, there are only 1800 members of the otherwise influential Greek minority left in Constantinople, most of whom elderly. Can Turkey’s European path put an end to the effacement of the Greek minority?

 

 

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