Projection of a documentary film on the historical events of the decade 1912-1922 and the strategic choices of Elefthérios Venizélos, Greek politician and negotiator of the Treaty of Lausanne.
During a turbulent decade (1912-1922), as Europe’s geopolitical scene changed dramatically, Eleftherios Venizelos, a Greek politician considered the “founder of modern Greece”. He emerges victorious from the Treaty of Sèvres and successfully deploys his strategy to protect the Greek populations of Asia Minor, but the Greek people withdraw their confidence and ostracize him. After the destruction of the Greek communities in Asia Minor in 1922, he was again called upon by Greece as the most suitable to negotiate the terms of peace in Lausanne. The film sheds light on the journey of a charismatic politician who dared to make difficult decisions whose repercussions are felt to this day.
Friday, June 23, 2023 at 7 p.m.
Montbenon Casino – Paderewski room
Organization: Melissa for Hellenism
With the support of the City of Lausanne; this event is part of the commemorative events of the City of Lausanne on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne (1923-2023).
EXHIBITION IN LAUSANNE | Ex Oriente Lux : Cosopolitan Smyrna and the Greeks of Anatolia until the Treaty of Lausanne (1923)
Our exhibition is a journey through the history and culture of the region of Asia Minor with Smyrna (now Izmir) as its epicenter at the beginning of the 20th century. A journey until the Treaty of Lausanne which marked the end of the Greek presence in Asia Minor. We explore Cosmopolitan Smyrna, nicknamed the “pearl of the Orient”, as well as its personalities, the art, the music, the abruptly interrupted efforts to create a university which would have served as a link between the West and the East (with “Ex Oriente Lux” as motto). We walk through the streets of Smyrna in 1919, through the photos of the Swiss photographer Boissonnas from a rare edition of our library. We commemorate the events from 1922 until the Treaty of Lausanne through photos and historical documents of our association. The exhibition is part of the events of the City of Lausanne on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne (1923-2023).
Organized by Melissa for Hellenism
With the support of the City of Lausanne
Acknowledgments: Greek Project
From 14.3 to 29.4.2023
From 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day & WE
For guided tour contact: melissa.hellenisme [at] gmail. com
Conference in Geneva by Nicolaos Pitsos
Thursday, February 2, 2023 at 6 pm
Orthodox Center of the Ecumenical Patriarchate
Chemin de Cornillons 12, 1292 Pregny-Chambésy
Language : French & Greek
Organized by : Association of Greeks from Constantiople in Switzerland with the support of Melissa for Hellenism.
Jeunesse du grec ancien : conference by Caroline Fourgeaud-Laville,
Sunday, February 26th at 5 pm
Continental hotel, Place de la Gare 2, Lausanne
Language : French
Six years after the creation of the Association Melissa for Hellenism (Dec. 2016), Mr. Georgios Sgourdos, President, will talk about the background and the purpose of the creation of our library and will present to the Lausanne public a selection of books and historical documents, with emphasis on the ancient books of the 16th century from our collection, published in Greek language in Switzerland. A discussion with the public will follow as well as an aperitif.
This event will be a great opportunity to get to know each other better and strengthen our relationships.
Sunday, November 27, 2022 at 5 p.m.
Hôtel Continental, place de la Gare 2, Lausanne
Language : Greek