Iordana Chatziisaak

Collective action in refugee identity of prefecture Thessaloniki. Resistance to historical oblivion

As the Asia Minor Greek Orthodox civilization is being transferred from the East to the West after the Treaty of Lausanne, its historical identity is also determined by the tangible property of the “antallaximoi”, focusing onwards in the process of integration into the social and political web of the Greek state. Along with their first settlement, the refugees rally and form unions and associations to enhance the viability and prominence of the dynamic idendity of the Mikrasiatis. The pursuit of the presentation is to identify and socially and politically promote the particular presence of the refugee element, especially after 1922.
The approach mainly concerns the refugee unions and associations of the 1920’s and 1930’s, including reports of the first refugee flows since 1914, as well as the post-war foundations that clearly refer to the refugee issue of 1922, as the peak year. Target points are the geographic references and the criteria for defining their manifold activities. The collective action of the refugees is located in the extended region of the prefecture of Thessaloniki, also covering areas of the present region of Central Macedonia.