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Documentary “1821” Jolts Greek Official History
1.       si++
3785 posts
 01 Apr 2011 Fri 06:49 pm

DOCUMENTARY “1821” JOLTS GREEK OFFICIAL HISTORY
Ultra-nationalists and especially the Greek Church are furious with the documentary.
Posted 28.03.2011 14:04:40 UTC
Updated 28.03.2011 14:49:03 UTC

When the documentary titled "1821", telling the story of Greek independence from the Ottoman Empire, aired on a Greek TV and showed “actually Turks did not slaughter Greeks, contrary tens of thousands of Turks were killed during the riots, and the most prosperous period of the country was lived under the Ottoman rule”, the country fell in a hot debate.

Ultra-nationalists and especially the Greek Church are furious with the documentary.

The documentary stirred up trouble in the neighbor Greece.

“1821”, the documentary telling the story of Greek İndependence has devastated the official version of the history in Greece.

Greeks are now quite confused after having had to face completely opposite historical facts on their own history. The documentary showed that harsh Ottoman rule oppressing Greek subjects during centuries was indeed a myth not a fact. Hence, it said the most prosperous era of Greeks was under the Ottoman rule.

It was not limited with that.

It displayed that Greek villagers, exploited by the Christian land lords, were freed by the Ottomans. The documentary defended that it was not true that Ottomans forcibly converted Greeks to Islam. Turks did not slaughter Greeks as it has been taught in the schools up until now, contrary tens of thousands Turks were killed by Greeks during the riots.

The film revealed that after Greece gained independence, they demolished each and every sign associated with Turks

The documentary rocked the most deep rooted bias of the country, causing a great debate over the historical facts.

Ultra-nationals overreacted against the documentary after learning that it was sponsored by a bank of which director was appointed by the government.

The documentary hit the highest rating records on the prime time and confused the minds of Greeks with the contradicting historical facts it displayed.

 

Source: here

2.       barba_mama
1629 posts
 01 Apr 2011 Fri 07:00 pm

From experience I can say that it´s hard to convince people that their own country-loving history lessons they received in school might not show the complete or even actual truth about what happened.

3.       vineyards
1954 posts
 01 Apr 2011 Fri 08:18 pm

I am a descendant of the Turks who lived in Greece prior to the Great Ppulation Exchange that took place in 1923, in the aftermath of the WWI.

My grandmother used to tell this story all the time. One day in the year 1923, a Greek priest whom they know knock on their door and tells them to hurry to the port if they want to save their lives. The priest says, the militia were gathering the Turks in a mosque and that he has heard they will burn them. Having found the head of the old woman living next door in the closet of her house, they are already in a panic and they instantly decide to follow the priest. There is a boat waiting for them at the harbour. They get on it and sail to Turkey for the first time in their lives. 

 

4.       Elisabeth
5732 posts
 01 Apr 2011 Fri 10:53 pm

 

Quoting vineyards

I am a descendant of the Turks who lived in Greece prior to the Great Ppulation Exchange that took place in 1923, in the aftermath of the WWI.

My grandmother used to tell this story all the time. One day in the year 1923, a Greek priest whom they know knock on their door and tells them to hurry to the port if they want to save their lives. The priest says, the militia were gathering the Turks in a mosque and that he has heard they will burn them. Having found the head of the old woman living next door in the closet of her house, they are already in a panic and they instantly decide to follow the priest. There is a boat waiting for them at the harbour. They get on it and sail to Turkey for the first time in their lives. 

 

 

Scary and amazing story.  Thanks for sharing. 

My husbands Grandmother has a similar story of how they escaped Greek soldiers in the middle of the night.  They ran to boats and were told lay down in the boats so they would not be shot at.  Unfortunately the Grandmothers 4 year old brother was shot dead. 

Nobody in the waning years of the Ottoman escaped heartbreak and tragedy.  My half brother´s family where part of the population exchange during that time period.  They were Greeks living in Anatolia and where moved to Thessalonika (not sure of spelling...sorry).  They eventually moved to the US in the 1930s.     



Edited (4/1/2011) by Elisabeth

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