The Whispering Voice of Smyrna (Google eBook)

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Dorrance Publishing, Apr 1, 2010
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My father came to America at the age of 15, sent by his father and the rest of his family in order to escape the anticipated "cleansing" of Christians in Asia Minor (the coded way to say Turkey without using that word). My father's section of Turkey was close to Constantinople and did not suffer the ravages of war that was visited upon the city of Smyrna.
While Dr. Karavasilis writes about that horrible time in Greek history as a way to educate non-historians, she does not quite make the mark with the particular literary conceit she uses -- meeting Tula and providing the reader with the personal history of the Samithakis family as the way to report on the Turkish atrocities imposed on Christians in Smyrna.
As I read the book, I kept hoping for it to have been more of a detailed narrative. It would have been a much greater (in length) work and more appreciated effort. To make a metaphor here, this book is a bowl of soup (a nice serving size) but with a stock that is diluted with too much water.
Nonetheless, if one is hungry, even a bland soup will satisfy the appetite.
 

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In one word: "Incredible!" This book will bring you to tears, not only because the loss of human life, but the author tells the through the hearts and souls of the Samithtakis family. Your heart will break and you will be appalled by the brutality of the Turks and stunned as the British, Americans, Italians and French did nothing to stop the genocide of the Greeks and the Armenians. A must read!
Mike Damergis
 

Contents

Getting American Papers
182
Explaining the American Papers to Irene
191
George Horton Asking for Help
195
On the Ship Simpson
202
Kemal Atatürk with Latife
205
Asa Jennings Going to Mytilini
211
Asa Jennings
216
At the Port of Piraeus
220

Getting Ready At the Quay
57
The Spoiled Soup
60
Soldiers Coming to the Bay
66
After the Shooting
71
At Home after the Shooting
75
Demos with Petros
79
Gifts
84
Reading the Newspapers from Milton
91
Elegant Party
95
Kemal Atatürk
103
Greek Troops in 1920
111
King Constantine at Kutahya in 1921
116
Mitso and Demos
120
The Battles in 1922
124
Anxiety of the Christians Mariana Kaloudis
126
Metropolitan Chrysostomos of Smyrna
132
Demos Going to the Interior
137
Greek Soldiers in the Samithakis House
145
Plastiras Is Coming to Smyrna
152
Fire in the Armenian Neighborhood
155
Kemal Ataturks Arrival in Smyrna
159
Hamid Trying to Buy Samithakis Property
163
Chettes in the Samithakis House
168
At the Quay
172
Mr and Mrs Tsakiridis Saving Fani and Niko
175
Smyrna a Dead City
178
Waiting for Deportation at the Quay
180
Demos in the Interior
222
Irenes Last Moments
226
After Irenes Death
231
At the American Embassy in Athens
235
Getting Ready to Leave Greece
241
The Samuels Family Going to America
245
Demos After the War
248
Going to Switzerland
255
Demos in Lucerne
258
Demos in Istanbul
262
Demos Going to Samos
268
Father and Daughter in Samos
274
Grandfather with Grandson in Samos
276
Letter to Hamid
279
Demos Returning to Lucerne from Samos
284
Meeting Professor Mehmet Atzit
288
Mr Niko Samithakis in Boston
295
Fani Goes to America
301
St Augustine Florida
304
Last Years of Mr and Mrs Samithakis
310
The End of Mr and Mrs Samithakis
313
The Ending of the Samithakis Tragedy
315
The Withered Lady Tula
317
Epilogue
324
References
333
Bibliography
340
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