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Research Note: American Initiatives for the Relief of Greek Refugees, 1922–1923

dc.contributor.authorKlapsis, Antonis
dc.description.abstractIn September 1922, after more than three years of war in Asia Minor, the Greek army was defeated by the Nationalist Turkish powers led by Mustafa Kemal. The atrocities from the part of the Turkish armed forces against the Christian populations of Asia Minor that followed the retreat of the Greek Army resulted in the death of hundreds of thousands of people as well as the destruction of many Christian properties. Moreover, hundreds of thousands of Greeks from Asia Minor, Pontus, and Eastern Thrace were forced to flee to Greece in order to protect themselves from Kemal’s advancing Nationalist army. This article focuses on the various initiatives undertaken by the United States government and American charitable organizations, mainly the American Red Cross and Near East Relief, in order to relieve the victims of the Asia Minor Disaster. In this context, it is underlined that the United States showed the most tangible interest in that direction and that the American assistance during the first year after the Disaster helped save the lives of literally thousands of refugees.en_UK
dc.relation.ispartofseriesGenocide Studies and Prevention: An International Journal;Vol. 6, Issue 1
dc.rights© 2011 Genocide Studies and Preventionen_UK
dc.subjectGreek refugeesen_UK
dc.subjectAsia Minor Disasteren_UK
dc.subjectAmerican Red Crossen_UK
dc.subjectNear East Reliefen_UK
dc.subjectUnited Statesen_UK
dc.titleResearch Note: American Initiatives for the Relief of Greek Refugees, 1922–1923en_UK

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