Until now, little was known about Greeks in the Ottoman Empire who migrated to America surrounding the Christian Genocide. For the first time ever, Dr. Topalidis will shone a spotlight on those who settled in Western Pennsylvania through a lecture-presentation on his groundbreaking research.
This event is part of the month-long commemoration "Agape and Hope Resurrected in Hripsime's Agony, Athena's Mourning, and Rachel's Heartbreak." The Greek, Armenian, and Jewish Communities of Western Pennsylvania are coming together in September 2022 to mark 100 years since 1922, a point between 1915 and 1923 when Christians and Jews were systematically exterminated for their faith and culture. We will commemorate those who perished and use this milestone in our histories to show that in the face of despair and death, creation and inspiration can be fostered and nurtures for a better and more tolerant world.