Melbourne Commemorates Pontian Genocide

Pontian Greeks GenocideThe Coordinating Committee of Pontian Associations in Melbourne (SEPSM) organized various events on May 18 to commemorate the Pontian Genocide.

Among other events, a memorial service was held in the St. Efstathios church as well as a wreath laying ceremony at the Australian Hellenic Memorial Foundation. Later in the day a book about the Pontian Genocide in Asia Minor between 1916 and 1922 was presented to the Pontian Community of Melbourne and Victoria. After the presentation, the university professor Panayiotis Diamandis also offered a lecture on the Pontian Genocide.

It should be stressed that the states of South Australia and New South Wales have recognized the Pontian Genocide. Several Turks recently protested outside the state Parliament of New South Wales, seeking to revoke the resolution recognizing the Pontian Genocide.


  1. Well the Turks have to accept it and apologize Their grand fathers committed atrocities that now come to haunt them..

  2. There was the killing of untold numbers of Christian Pontians as they took the side of the invaders, the Europeans. There was extreme barbarism that showed civilization is but a slight shadow on the earth. My Grandfather said there was anger against Christians who danced in the streets as early as 1912 waving guns in the air threatening the Muslims. The Muslims in our town were not Turks; they were Greek who converted to make life materially better a long time before. We have relatives who converted and stayed, as religion did not have any meaning for them. Their lives were more important. Until recently an old Uncle would visit our Muslim relatives as did his Father in the past. The last generation now mainly speaks Turkish, with a few Greek words thrown in. Just like my relatives in Australia who speak English with a few Greeks words thrown in. I now do not understand my previous anger against my Greek Muslim relatives.
    The greatest shame is on us as we did not learn not to depend on the lies of the Europeans and Russians, who time after time used Christian Greeks and others as an attack on the Ottoman Empire. One of my Grandfather’s had the opinion that they had a far better life in Pontus then the working poor of Britain and Germany in the early part of the century.
    My Uncle says, until recently before German Turks settled, as he walked in “our” town you could see from the faces of the people that many were our blood relatives.
    Though I am not a Christian I try to live my life with the words of Christ as a guide.
    “He who has not sinned should throw the first stone”