About the lecture

The aim of this lecture is to highlight briefly unknown aspects and ‘grey areas’ of the aid provided by humanitarian organisations as the Near East Relief, the American Red Cross, the American Women’s Hospitals and the British Save the Children Fund to the destitute, sick, malnourished and, in many cases, orphaned and unescorted refugee children who arrived in Greece after the Asia Minor Catastrophe of 1922. In this context it will assess the humanitarian campaigns carried out by these organisations, their relations and interaction with the Greek authorities and their overall vision for the rehabilitation and incorporation of these refugees into Greek society.




About the speaker

Dimitris Kamouzis is a Researcher at the Centre for Asia Minor Studies (Athens, Greece). He completed his PhD in History at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, King’s College London. He has been a scholar of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, a Research Fellow of the John S. Latsis Public Benefit Foundation and the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens and a Teaching Fellow at King’s College London. His latest book is entitled Greeks in Turkey: Elite Nationalism and Minority Politics in Late Ottoman and Early Republican Istanbul (Oxon: SOAS/Routledge Studies on the Middle East, 2021).





The exhibition "In the Name of Humanity: American Relief Aid in Greece, 1918-1929" will be open to public 8.00-9.30pm.