The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center, inc.

The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center was established in 2011 out of a need to raise awareness about the Greek communities of the later Ottoman empire and about the genocide of those same Anatolian Greeks during the Turkish reign of terror between 1913 and 1923.

The Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center (AMPHRC) is a 501 (c) (3) nonprofit organization, whose primary mission is to research and preserve the tragic historyof the more than 700,000 Greeks who died and the 1.1 million others who were expelled from their ancestral homelands in Asia Minor and Pontos during the forced exchange between Greece and Turkey.

For nearly 3,000 years, the Greeks in Asia Minor and Pontos established a great civilization that embraced philosophy, history, literature, and science. It also included the introduction of Christianity. This legacy is with us each day and the facts and reasons behind the destruction of that once proud and prosperous Greek civilization must be saved for study by young Greeks in our community for generations to come. The materials that we create and the documents we translate from Greek to English on these tragic events, may very well help prevent even greater human disasters in the future.

Since 2011, the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center has organized a series of groundbreaking academic conferences and lectures featuring Greek-American scholars, including the late Dr. Harry J. Psomiades, Dr. K. Hatzidimitriou. The historians from Greece have included Dr. K. Fotiadis and Dr. V. Aktzidis.

Recognizing our dedication to preserving the history of the Greeks of Asia Minor and Pontos, the library of the late Dr. Harry J. Psomiades was donated to our Research Center. It encompasses approximately 1,000 volumes on Greek history, Asia Minor and Pontos and the Middle East. It soon will be available and accessible to young Greeks and other scholars in Chicago and around the nation.

We also are proud to have embarked on a crucial video documentary project entitled, “The Great Catastrophe -The Forgotten Genocide.” The planned one-hour documentary film explores and reveals the history, culture, and significance of the tragic expulsion of the Greeks from their ancestral homelands in Asia Minor and Pontos, in what became the first genocide of the 20th Century.

We have launched a vigorous funding campaign for the documentary project and we’re appreciative to have been invited to apply for a significant matching grant from the Hellenic Foundation. Like the Hellenic Foundation, the Asia Minor and Pontos Hellenic Research Center is devoted to the mission of protecting and preserving the dignity and well being of our proud Greek community through worship, scholarship, and partnership.

“Preserving the Hellenic Heritage and History of Asia Minor and Pontos”