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Children of the Greek Civil WarRefugees and the Politics of Memory$
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Loring M. Danforth and Riki Van Boeschoten

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780226135984

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226136004.001.0001

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The Politics of Memory: Creating a Meaningful Past

The Politics of Memory: Creating a Meaningful Past

(p.247) Eight The Politics of Memory: Creating a Meaningful Past
Children of the Greek Civil War

Loring M. Danforth

Riki Van Boeschoten

University of Chicago Press

This chapter, which discusses the “memory wars” that continue to be fought over the political meanings associated with the evacuation of refugee children from their homes to Eastern Europe during the Greek Civil War, considers the “politics of memory” by analyzing four ethnographic examples. The first two involve political communities of memory: the Association of Refugee Children from Aegean Macedonia; and the Pan-Macedonian Association USA, Inc. The third focuses on Nicholas Gage and his book Eleni, and the fourth explores the transformation of the village of Lia, the Gage’s birthplace.

Keywords:   memory wars, evacuation, refugee children, Eastern Europe, Greek Civil War, politics of memory, Aegean Macedonia, Pan-Macedonia Association

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