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Book Presentation to Commemorate the Smyrna Catastrophe
AHI Announcement


The American Hellenic Institute
and the
Greek Orthodox Church of St. Katherine

cordially invite you to a book presentation
commemorating the Smyrna Catastrophe

“Blessed are the Peacemakers?:
The Destruction of Paradise”


Presented by

Author Constantine Papavasiliou

On Tuesday, September 23

There will be a book signing from 6:30-7:00 PM followed by a presentation by Mr. Papavasiliou.
Upon the presentation’s conclusion, there will be a reception.


Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church

The Meletis Charuhas Community Center
Saint Katherine Greek Orthodox Church 
3149 Glen Carlyn Rd. • Falls Church, Virginia 

This explosive new book reveals the ugly truth about the Allied betrayal of Greece after World War I, which led to the murder and expulsion of Greek and Armenian Christians from their homeland of more than 2,500 years. Imagine, you’ve just been rendered a refugee in the country where you were born- the country that had been the home of your ancestors for more than 2,500 years. You walk hundreds of miles with only what you can carry, until you run out of land. At the water’s edge, you see before you, 22 warships flying the flags of the western democracies. With the city burning behind you and the enemy shooting at you from both sides, you’re faced with only one option. You jump into the water and swim for your life. Is this a bad dream?  It’s time to finally learn the truth of the Peacemakers!

“. . . a moving story,  . . . unique and personal, so familiar and yet
entirely unparalleled, especially inasmuch as it reflects the precious
history of the Orthodox Church in this part of the world.”

- His All Holiness, Bartholomew



Please R.S.V.P. to Georgea Polizos at the AHI by September 21, 2014
at 202-785-8430 or via email at