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Fanis Malkidis

The case of compensating the victims of the Greek Genocide
Part of an interview which was aired on the satellite program ERT World.

The recent effort to shed light on the almost forgotten mass crime against the Greeks that lived for centuries in Anatolia has received excellent
feedback in its objective of re-establishing their memory and also that of history. The recent statement by legal firm New York Life Insurance
Co, in which it offered the descendants of these victims from Pontus, Thrace, Ionia and Constantinople the chance to claim for compensation
for life insurance policies they held, has given thousands of people the chance to better understand what happened to their loved ones. The
statement also gave many more people the chance to better understand the effort that has begun for the gathering of evidence and documents
on the Genocide, and how it isn’t a pointless one, nor is it an effort without a worthy goal.  

For quite some time information existed which showed that the Bishop of Smyrna, Chrysostomos was the holder of life insurance during those
times.  With the release of New York Life’s statement, it became evident that the Bishop of Smyrna, Chrysostomos was in fact included
amongst the 1000 names of Greeks who also had life insurance. with the US legal firm, thus putting the whole effort into context.

The search for other life insurance policies and the result up to now,  an effort owed to the immense efforts of lawyer Vartkes Yeghiayan to
claim compensation for the victims of the Armenian Genocide of 1915, has brought about more findings.  These findings concern the presence
of other life insurance companies who are still in operation and who also sold life insurance to Greeks. A case of great interest is that of
Nikolaos Tsioumakis of Aidinio.

The societies which represent Asia Minor Greeks, Thrace, Constantinople and also Pontus Greeks must examine this case for compensation
as it brings a new dimension to the Genocide question. Not in terms of money, but of moral right.   All information regarding insurance policies
made by the victims of the Genocide must be gathered from the descendants and it’s these societies who can play a vital role.  

Now that the case has begun, it’s important that it continues.  The case for this almost forgotten mass crime against the Greeks has the
possibility of substantial results.  Now that the issue of compensation shows the recognition of a crime against the insured, those that
committed the crime and also those who for years have tried to cover it up can better comprehend how light will always triumph over darkness.
The truth, oblivion and lies.