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Exiles and pioneers: Oral Histories of Greeks deported from the Caucasus to Kazakhstan in 1949

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Violetta Hionidou, Professor David Saunders

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Abstract

The paper centres on the deportation of ethnic Greeks from the Caucasus in 1949, their establishment in Kazakhstan, and their lives there. The main source is twenty in-depth interviews conducted in Greater Athens, Greece, to which the majority of the deportees migrated at various dates. The main conclusion is that no trauma could be detected among either the first or the second generation of exiles. The reasons for the lack of trauma include the low mortality experienced during the deportations and the significant improvement in the deportees’ living standards after their arrival in Central Asia.


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Author(s): Hionidou V, Saunders D

Publication type: Article

Journal: Europe-Asia Studies

Year: 2010

Volume: 62

Issue: 9

Pages: 1479-1501

Print publication date: 01/11/2010

ISSN (print): 0966-8136

ISSN (electronic): 1465-3427

Publisher: Routledge

URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09668136.2010.515794

DOI: 10.1080/09668136.2010.515794


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