Travels with my sister: Pilgrimage to Laconia

Travels with my sister: Pilgrimage to Laconia

By George Zimmar When we think of a pilgrimage, like Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, a spiritual journey comes to mind. My grandfather Georgios Zymaras (or Zoumaras), made a pilgrimage to Jerusalem in 1900, where he prayed before the tomb of Christ, and earned Hadji...
Travels with my sister: Greek Americans in Europe

Travels with my sister: Greek Americans in Europe

By George P. Zimmar When they asked Socrates where he came from, he did not say ‘From Athens’, but ‘From the World’. Michel de Montaigne Early June mid-1960s: Colleges and universities disgorged their students, with some rushing to airports to catch charter flights...
Becoming a Hellene

Becoming a Hellene

By George Zimmar So here we were, Greeks on the South Side of Chicago, among the Blacks at a time when African American consciousness was emerging to political action. Our connection to Greekness was through the St. Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church at 74rth...
Child abductions during WWII

Child abductions during WWII

By Sofia Pitsineli and Gregory Kontos Discovering an archival treasureThe archives of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs are preserved by the Diplomatic and Historical Archives Service, located in Athens. This archival organization is responsible for the storage,...
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