About the Film: Lethal Nationalism
The documentary chronicles the genocide of the Greeks, and other indigenous Christians, at the hands of the Ottoman and Nationalist Turks.
Nearly a million Greeks were killed, while millions more were uprooted from their ancestral homelands in Asia Minor (Turkey), Pontos, and Eastern Thrace as part of the Turks’ campaign of ethnic cleansing of its Christian populations. The Genocide also annihilated the Armenian and Assyrian Christians.
This tragic event, the first Genocide of the 20th century, has been kept silent for 100 years. The voices of those martyred will no longer be silent.
Bill Kurtis, legendary television news anchorman, narrates this powerful documentary. “This production is one of the most important projects that I’ve ever been associated with and it provides a sobering lesson as to why we should never forget the suffering that is caused by genocide.” - Bill Kurtis
This documentary has been in the making for the last 8 years. It has been a laborious journey and a major project of the Asia Minor and Pontos Research Center.
Who are the Christians of Asia Minor (Turkey)
Asia Minor, present day Turkey, was home to Greeks, Armenians, and Assyrians until 1923 when the expulsions and exterminations wiped out nearly all traces of the indigenous Christians - not even children were spared. The Greeks of Asia Minor have a history in the region going back over 3,000 years, which took only 10 years for the Ottoman and Nationalist Turkish governments to destroy. Asia Minor boasted some of the most famous people, places, and events in history.
Map: Caliniuc since Putzger & Westermann atlases (Atlas zur Weltgeschichte, Stier, H.E., dir., 1985)
Only YOU can help
Without the continuing support and contributions from people like you, this tragic event will stay buried and silent making the victims of this genocide invisible. Only you can help shatter this century old silence. The horrific story of the Christians of Asia Minor can be told world wide, and can help ensure that history like this never repeats itself. Your support is critical for this documentary to continue its journey to educate the world. Every single penny will help. We are a 501(c)(3) so all your contributions are tax deductible. Click below or mail your donation to: AMPHRC PO BOX 6127 Bloomingdale, IL 60108Click here to donate
"...and when that story comes together, it will change your life; it isn't just another movie or even just another documentary. It is the beginning of a story that will write itself on your heart and in your brain and you will be changed when you leave tonight. It is as if the people who died are coming out of their graves and asking for justice. And I am honored to be a part of it." - Bill Kurtis
I was moved to tears by this documentary, which provided clear detail and historical context of the genocide against the Greeks and other Christian groups by the Ottoman Empire and, later, Turkey.
A documentary that tells a little known, but very sad page of history. The old pictures and powerful narration tell the truth about the destruction and complete elimination of ethnic Christian Greek and Armenian communities with 3000 years of history in that land.
Excellent documentary on the history of people who have brought so much to the world. Their stories have been kept in the dark for too long and moving forward the generations that followed them should no longer be silent about what the Greeks, Assyrians and Armenians have had to endure.
Being a descendant of a survivor of the Armenian I was impressed with the photography in the documentary. I wondered how you were able to film the documentary. When the Armenians tried the Turkish gov't. put a stop to the filming as an example "Forty Days In Musa Dagh." My parents were survivors and spoke very little of that period in their life.
Powerful documentary. A part of history that cannot and will not be swept under the rug.