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March 1, 1996 - Year: 2, Issue: 21






*** Greek State Scholarships Foundation ***

The Greek State Scholarships Foundation will offer up to 8 scholarships for USA, Canada, Australia and Japan nationals for postgraduate studies in Greece. Applicants must hold a BA or equivalent and a first postgraduate degree (M.A. or D.E.A. or equivalent), know English or French well and not exceed 35 years of age. The deadline for submitting a variety of documents is March 31. The application form is available from Greek diplomatic missions in the aforementioned countries or directly from the foundation. Some of the documents (including transcripts, health certificate, and photocopy of ID card) should be validated by Greek diplomatic authorities. Applicants will also need to apply to a Greek university and apply to a school for Modern Greek language as well as before the scholarship can begin.

Benefits of the scholarship include the following:

It can be renewed annually, for a total of three years; 150,000 drachmae for initial expenses; 125,000 drh monthly for living expenses; Up to 60,000 drh for typing/copyimg of dissertation; Up to 80,000 drh for lab expenses; Stay permit dues; Exemption from tuition fees; Free emergency medical care. Recipients have to be in Greece to be paid, and they must commit to return to their home countries and work there for at least five years or they have to pay back the total amount of the grant.

The address of the Idryma Kratikwn Ypotrofiwn is: Lysikratus 14, 105-58 Athens; phone 32-54-385; fax 32-21-863; or contact the closest consulate/embassy.

*** Greece In Print - 1996 ***

The Hellenic Literature Society in cooperation with the Hellenic American Educators/UFT announces "GREECE IN PRINT, 1996". This event is the first major Book Exhibit of Greek Literature and Culture in North America. The event will take place on Saturday and Sunday September 21 and 22, 1996 at the United Federation of Teachers Building located at 260 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010.

"GREECE IN PRINT, 1996" will exhibit a large selection of books (several thousand) printed in both English and Greek. Visitors to the exhibit will have the opportunity to browse and explore a variety of themes such as: art, children's books, classical studies, cookbooks, culture, Greek-American studies, history, language courses, literature & fiction, modern Greek Studies, philosophy, poetry, religion, schoolbooks, travel guides, women's studies, as well as educational and cultural audio and video cassettes and computer software. During the course of this two day exhibition, noted authors and scholars will conduct lectures and workshops on site.

This effort will be made a reality through the volunteer efforts of Greeks and philhellenes alike. With the support of all of us the treasures of Greece will be presented for all to share. A lasting gift through the written word.

The Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Hellenic Literature Society request your support and patronage. We urge you to become part of it. Donations to the Hellenic Literature Society are tax deductible.

*** Hellenic Society of Paideia ***

The 3rd Annual Meeting of the Hellenic Society of Paideia of Virginia will be held on March 30, 1996 at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond, VA (2800 Grove Ave). The theme is "The Greek legacy and spirit of the Olympic games". The program includes the following talks (2:00 - 5:30 PM at the Museum Auditorium): The Genesis of the Olympic Games: Myths and facts by K.K. Hatzios, Virginia Tech.
The story of the Olympic Games told by paintings in Greek vases, Dr Margaret Mayo, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.
Spyridon Louis: The Legendary Marathon Winner of the 1986 Olympiad, Dr Aristidis Sismanis, MCV, VCU.
Video presentation of Ancient Olympia and Olympic games.
Cultural program featuring dances from various areas of Greece presented by the Byzantion dancers of the Richmond cathedral.
Dinner (6:00-8:00 PM) at the Marble Hall of the Museum. Dinner tickets are $40 for adults and $25 for students. For more information contact Dr. Hatzios at hatzios@vt.edu.

*** Summer Study in Greece ***

A course in Hellenic Civilization, Past and Present at the International Olympic Academy in Olympia. Organized by the International Centre of Philosophy and Interdisciplinary Research. This course may be taken for credit. For further information contact: Dr Leonidas C. Bargeliotes, 9 Aristotelous St., 151-24 Marousi Greece. Tel. & Fax: 00301-80-29-313.


*** A Greek's Witness to the Final Solution by Alexander Vavoulis***

Dr. Vavoulis is Professor Emeritus of Chemistry at California State University, Fresno.

(Mauthausen by Iakovos Kambanellis; translated by Gail Holst-Warhaft; 353 pages; listed for $20.95 at the Greek Book Club catalogue of Cosmos Publishing Company; 1-800-COSMOS-2)

This book was published in Greece in 1963 and the translation published in October 1995. Mauthausen was an exterminator camp during World War II complete with slave work in its stone quarry and gas chambers. The camp held prisoners from many countries including about 1,400 Greeks. In the camp as a whole, 8 out of 9 either died from the hard labor or were exterminated in the gas chambers. Some 250,000 people died at this camp as a step toward the Nazis' final solution. Kambanellis was a witness to the horrors that occurred at Mauthausen.

Kambanellis was interned at the camp from the summer of 1943 until he was freed by American soldiers. On May 5, 1945, "a little before noon, a huge American tank, black with smoke and battle-scarred, broke down the gate of the Mauthausen camp and entered the grounds." Before he left the camp, Kambanellis began making notes of what he had witnessed.

Mauthausen begins on the day of liberation and then a series of flash backs tells what life was like at the camp. In this way he recalls how the hut that was used as a hospital for the prisoners was allowed to become so filthy that the Germans cleaned the floors with water hoses. But their spraying was indiscriminate and they sprayed the patients in their beds. The water pressure was high enough to knock some of them out of their beds to the floor, a fall which some of them did not survive. In another part of the book he describes the day when the prisoners who worked at the crematorium were told to take out a half-burned body, given knives and forks, and ordered to eat. The ones who didn't obey were killed for disobedience; those who obeyed were killed for cannibalism. When there was a mass escape of some 400 prisoners, the Commandant of the camp offered his men a price of warn congratulations, three day's leave and six bottles of wine for the person that brought in the most heads.

These kinds of atrocities were taking place in this camp that was just outside the town of Mauthausen. Located in Austria, the town site amid rolling hills and a verden landscape. It is nuzzled peacefully along the bank of the Danube River some 90-miles east of Vienna.

Mauthausen is also a love story; it tells of the author's romance with a Lithuanian girl who is half Jewish. Even in their moments of quiet intimacy, they could not escape the brutality of their surroundings. During one such intimate moment they observed the guards tying two girls together and throwing them into the river. More than once, Kambanellis juxtaposes violence against human feelings and it is this contrast that reflects the unique character of this book. The translation of Mauthausen by Gail Holst-Warhaft makes it possible for the book to be read by people throughout the world. We, therefore, owe her a debt of gratitude. A poet, musician and author, Holst-Warhaft is a lecturer of Greek literature at Cornell University.

Kambanellis did not return to Greece until three months after liberation. He became active in organizing the departure of other prisoners to their chosen destinations. He and his love, Janina, were making plans for the future. But the arrival of Janina's husband changed everything and she goes with her husband to his hometown in Italy. When Kambanellis leaves Mauthausen he goes to Italy and finds Janina but she decides to remain with her husband. Kambanellis returns to Greece and subsequently becomes that country's leading playwright. Several of his dramas have been produced by foreign theaters, radio and television stations. In 1965, Greek composer Mikis Theodorakis, writes a four-song cycle based on Mauthausen and called it The Ballad of Mauthausen.

In telling this story, Kambanellis unfolds a human drama of great complexity and high emotion. For it is a witness to brutal human behavior as well as to its most sublime possibilities. It includes the dehumanizing cruelty of the Nazis, the denial of the existence of the exterminator camp by the townspeople, the simple human need of isolated prisoners for physical contact with another person, as well as the instinctive reversion to violence driven by fears of ideological and racial differences by the liberated prisoners. This book is the author's "report" to the people of this earth; it tells how one group of people can dehumanize others. It contains a message that requires our attention if we are to live in a civilized society - a society where compassion and love is an important part of human consciousness.


*** English Language ***

NOT OUT OF AFRICA, by Mary Lefkowitz

A brilliant, incisive, insightful, and erudite critique of the "hustle" that is Afrocentrism. Was Socrates black? Did Aristotle steal his ideas from the library in Alexandria? Do we owe the underlying tenets of our democratic civilization to the Africans? This is the first book to refute these spurious claims. The author examines the ancient evidence and shows how it was misunderstood both in antiquity and in modern times. She explains how we know that Socrates and Cleopatra were Greeks and that Plato, Aristotle, and other Greek philosophers did not steal their ideas from Egyptian sources. Lefkowitz demonstrates that there has been no modern conspiracy among scholars to conceal the debt of Greece to Egypt and that some of the misconceptions arise from the ancient Greeks own misunderstanding of Egyptian religions.

222 pages, 6.5x9.5 inches, Cloth $ 24.00


The process of economic and political integration in the context of the European Union has given a radically new dimension to such concepts as national/ethic identity, nation building, sovereignty, and national/regional security. The Cyprus conflict is one regional problem which has inevitably implicated the "new Europe" in the peace making process. In this book, the interaction between internal and external dynamics in the Cyprus conflict is assessed via a theoretical analysis, grounded on a detailed empirical and historical examination of the problem. It is posited that external factors, albeit expedited by internal ones, bear greater weight than the latter in determining the outcome of the dispute. Since the theoretical perspectives employed fall short of fully explaining the conflict, a middle position crossing levels of analysis and emphasizing the interplay of internal and external factors is explicitly recognized. Further, the role of the EU as a potential diplomatic broker in the conflict is analyzed with a view to assessing the changing nature of power in the area and the subsequent implications of this shift for regional security and conflict resolution.

173 pages, 6.2x8.9 inches, Cloth, $ 52.00

SPANNING A CENTURY, by Ann Sederocanellis

Here is a book that takes us from the Old World into the New, from simple village to busy metropolis, and recreates the seemingly swift , astonishing pace of change in custom, habitat, and technology. Long-forgotten practices and rituals are vividly recreated. The difficult but victorious struggles of immigrants to claim the promise that America held movingly recounted. A book of family stories that parallels the growth of America during this eventful century, an absorbing social history, and a collection of family portraits lovingly rendered.

300 pages, 9.3x6.2 inches, Cloth $ 20.95

*** Greek Language ***

O ALLOS ALEKSANDROS, by Margarita Lumperakn

Prokeitai gia eva apo ta wraiotera veoellnvika muthistornmata, opou n suggrafeas kivoumevh mastorika metaksu empedou realismou kai axalivwtns favtasias apopeiratai va avixveusei ta bathn tns psuxns tou avthrwpou kai va orisei tous paragovtes pou domouv to xaraktnra tou stis meres mas. O allos uparxei pavta, kai uparxei prwtistws mesa mas ; ton avagvwrizoume movo eav dexthoume tn vomimotnta twv avtifasewv mas kai to mataio tns apolutns tautisns mas me stereotupa kai idanikes katastaseis. To arvntiko tou eautou mas eivai eksisou kalo me to thetiko, giati themeliwvei tn difuia tou avthrwpou sto kathe atoma xwrista.

184 selides, 1995, $ 19.50

SOLWMOS, by Pnter Makritz

O Diov. Solwmos, o ethvikos pointns tns Elladas, afnse stous metagevesterous klnronomia avektimntn. To logotexviko tou ergo apotelese oxi aplws paradeigma, alla metro sugkrisns kai gnwmova gia th metepeita megaln poinsn apo tov Palama ws tov Sikeliavo kai tov Elutn. O stoxasmos tou protrepei se upsnles kallitexvikes avazntnseis kathws upnrkse megalos kai apo nthikn kai apo pveumatikn apopsn. O suggrafeas asxoleitai me th pveumatikn morfn kai me to ergo tou pointn apo tnv arxn; divei mia eikova tns zwns kai tns katagwgns tou, kai tov topothetei se sxesei me tn Romavtikn Sxoln, pou kuriarxnse stnv poinsn tns Eurwpns gurw sta mesa tou 19ou aiwva. Stn sunexeia avaluei ta poinmata tou Solwmou, akolouthwvras tn xrovologikn seira grafns tous, apo tnv apopsn tou ufous, tns morfologias kai twv kallitexvikwv epirrowv, afou n poinsn tou Solwmou eivai gematn fusn kai eleutheria, thavato kai thrnskeia, erwta kai agvotnta.

200 selides, 1995, $ 19.50


  1. Deka Mythoi kai mia Istoria, by N. Papandreou
  2. Oi Palioi Symmathntes, by L. Papadopoulos
  3. Evas Skoufos Apo Porfura, by M. Douka
  4. Dytika tns Lypns, by O. Elytns
  5. Amav Amav by A. Papadakn
  6. H Proba tou Nyfikou, by N. Giannakopoulou
  7. Kai me to Fws tou Lukou epaverxovtai, by Z. Zateln
  8. Oi Komparsoi tns Odovns, by E. Omnroln
  9. To Ypsos twv Peristasewv
  10. Prosknvio, by L. Kyrkos


  1. The Greek Wine Guide, by Nicos Manesis
  2. Harry Agganis: The Golden Greek, by Nick Tsiotos & Andy Dabilis
  3. Not out of Africa, by Mary Lefkowitz
  4. Mauthausen, by Iacovos Kambanellis
  5. Oi Prwtes Mou Lekseis, by Minoas
  6. Odyssey, illustrated by Roger Payne
  7. Timeless Myths,illustrated by Roger Payne
  8. The Festive Fast (Sarakostiana), by Maria Kokkinou
  9. Inside Hitler's Greece, by Mark Mazower
  10. Greek Americans: Peoples Series, by Dimitri Monos



January 17 - April 14 * New York, NY - EXHIBITION

Rare and renowned works of Hellenistic sculpture are the subject of an exhibit at The Metropolitan Museum of Art entitled "Pergamon: The Telephos Frieze from the Great Altar." For more information, call (212) 879-5500.

January 25 - March 8 * New York, NY - EXHIBIT

"City of Desire: The Vision of C.P. Cavafy. Photography by Brian Theis with translations by Daniel Mendelson. A.S. Onassis Center, 58 W 10th St, 5:00 PM. For more information call 212-998-3990.

February 25 - March 2 * New York, NY - THEATER

The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies will present the play "Rifts in Silence: How Daring is Taught" produced and directed by Christiana Lambrinidis. American Theater of Actors, 314 West 54th St. For reservations call (212) 998-3994.

March 2 * Beverly Hills, CA - FUNDRAISER

The Los Angeles-Athens Sister City Affiliation and Axios-Foundation for Worthiness will host an evening of Grecian wine, food and song at the gardens and home of the Consul General of Greece, the Honorable and Mrs. Christos Panagopoulos. Tickets are $75 each; RSVP by February 26. For more information, call (310) 983-7200.

March 2 * New York, NY - SYMPOSIUM

The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic Studies will present "Women in Borderlands" with guest speaker Mina Alexander, Christiana Lambrinidis, and Karen Malpede at the Tisch School of the Arts, 721 Broadway, 2:00-5:00 PM. For more information call 212-998-3990.

March 2 * Washington, DC - DINNER

The American Hellenic Institute will honor seven Greek Americans and Philhellenes at its usual Hellenic Heritage and Public Service Awards dinner at the Four Seasons Hotel. Ernie Anastos will be the master of ceremonies. For more information, contact the AHI at 800-424-9607.

March 3 * New York, NY - CONCERT

The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic studies at New York University presents Dimitri Mitropoulos, A centennial celebration. Featuring Maria Asteriadou-piano, George Demertzis-violin, Maria Kitsopoulos-cello, Spiro Malas-singer, Anton Miller-violin, Lara Nie-soprano, Timothy Sarris-baritone, Rebecca Young-viola. 7:30 PM at Merkin Concert Hall at Abraham Goodman House; 129 West 67th St. For tickets call (212) 501-3330.

March 5 * New York, NY - BOOK RECEPTION

The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic studies at New York University presents "Security, Identity, and Nation Buiding" by Demetrios A. Theophylactou, Press Councelor for the Cypriot Mission to the U.N. 58 W 10th St, 7:00-9:00 PM. For more information call 212-998-3990.

March 6 - April 7 * New York, NY - CINEMA

Gregory J. Markopoulos: Mythic Themes, portraiture and Films of Place, at the Whitney Museum of American Art, will feature the works of one of the most important and innovative filmmakers of the 1960s. The festival includes rarely seen films and several American premieres. For more information, call (212) 570-3633.

March 9 * Oakland, CA - VISUAL ART

The Order of AHEPA and the Hellenic International Artist's Foundation will present an Evening of Visual Art, featuring fine art of local Hellenic artists. Proceeds to benefit the scholarship programs. At the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of the Ascension, Community Center Hall, 4700 Lincoln Ave. 6:00-10:00 PM. Art Gallery Exhibit & Greek Hors d'oeuvres. $15.00 per person, $8 students/children.

March 10 * Chicago, IL - FILM

Preview of "Phaedra", a feature film produced directed and starring Lisa Zane. At the Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center; 168 N Michigan Ave, 4th Flr. 3:00 PM. Admission $12 non members; $10 members. For more information call (312) 726-1234.

March 11 * New York, NY - WORKSHOP

The Greek American Women's Network and the Center for Marketing Communications to Women and Girls will sponsor a hands-on demonstration of the World Wide Web and other on-line computer technologies at the Cyber Cafe, 273 Lafayette St., 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Admission is $65.00, reservations a must. Contact (212) 626-6797.

March 15-17 * Tenafly, NJ - EXHIBITION

"Art To Admire And Acquire" a group exhibition of Contemporary Greek American Women Artists sponsored by the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of St John the Theologian. The exhibit is free of charge and open to the public. For further information call (201) 567-5072.

March 16 * Buffalo, NY - FOLK DANCE, MUSIC AND SONG

"Tribute to the Hellenic Heritage," a gala evening of traditional dance and song, will be presented by the celebrated dance troupe of New York's Greek American Folklore Society at the State University of New York. The program will include traditional dances by 40 dancers in authentic costumes accompanied by folk musicians on traditional instruments. In connection with the performance, a historical and cultural exhibition on Hellenism will be presented in the UB Art Gallery in the Center for the Arts. For information call (716) 645-ARTS.

March 17 * Chicago, IL - LECTURE

Noted author and lecturer Christopher G. Janus will speak about his book of short stories "Angel on My Shoulder, Remembrances at Eighty." At the Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center; 168 N Michigan Ave, 4th Flr. 3:00 PM. Admission $7 non members; $4 members. For more information call (312) 726-1234.

March 20 * New York, NY - LECTURE

The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic studies at New York University presents "Social Inequality in the Greek Educational System" by Anna Fraqngoudaki, University of Athens. 58 W 10th St, 7:00 PM. For more information call 212-998-3990.

March 21 * Chicago, IL - LECTURE

The Very Rev. Nikitas Lulias, Pastor of St Demetrios Church, Chicago, will speak on "Lenten Folk Traditions" At the Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center; 168 N Michigan Ave, 4th Flr. 7:30 PM. Admission $5 non members; members free. For more information call (312) 726-1234.

March 21 * New York, NY - RECEPTION

Opening reception for "A Rose and a Hair," paintings by Chrysanne Stathacos, at The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic studies, 58 W 10th St, 6:00-9:00 PM. For more information call 212-998-3990.

March 21 * New York, NY - EXHIBIT

"A Rose and a Hair," paintings by Chrysanne Stathacos, at The Alexander S. Onassis Center for Hellenic studies, 58 W 10th St, 9:00 AM-9:00 PM. For more information call 212-998-3990.

March 30 - August 11 * Atlanta, GA - EXHIBITION

The Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University will present the exhibition "Nike: Competition and Victory at the Ancient Greek Festival Games," an exploration of the sacred competitions of the classical world. For further information call (404) 727-4292.

March 31 * Chicago, IL - LECTURE

Thalia Selz, assistant professor English department, Trinity College will speak on "Women to Watch - Five Greek Women Artists." At the Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center; 168 N Michigan Ave, 4th Flr. 3:00 PM. Admission $7 non members; $4 members. For more information call (312) 726-1234.

April 28 * Chicago, IL - BOOK READING

Dr. Alexander Karanikas will read from his new book of poetry "Stepping Stones." At the Hellenic Museum & Cultural Center; 168 N Michigan Ave, 4th Flr. 3:00 PM. Admission $7 non members; $4 members. For more information call (312) 726-1234.

April 30 * Chicago, IL - LECTURE

The Classical Art Society of the Art Institute of Chicago will sponsor a lecture by olga Palagia, University of Athens, Greece, "Two Sculptors Named Scopas." For further information call (312) 443-3697.

May 24 * Chicago, IL - LECTURE

Marianne McDonald, Professor of Theater and Classics at the University of California, San Diego will speak on "Ancient Theatre in Modern Times: Japanese and Greek Classical Drama," at Fullerton Hall, The Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S Michigan Ave. Co-sponsored by the Classical Art Society and The Art Institute of Chicago. For more information call (312) 443-3697.


This newsletter is made possible by the members of the Hellenic Literature Society who have contributed towards its publication, and by the support of:


Australia           16             Israel               3
Brazil               1             Italy                3
Canada              24             Japan                2
Cyprus               1             Netherlands          1
Denmark              2             New Zealand          2
Finland              1             Norway               1
France               8             Singapore            1
Germany              2             Slovenija            1
Greece              25             Sweden               1
Hong Kong            1             Switzerland          4
Hungary              3             Turkey               1
Ireland              2             United Kingdom      36
                                   United States      329

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