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24 April 2007



This is a fascinating series, Stavros – well written/translated – and I hope you continue with it.



It is tough going but I think it is important to translate Greek voices into English to make them available to a wider audience.

Minas and his wife were friends of my parents. They were part of our community of Vorioepriotes that have made Maine their home. Unfortunately Minas lived out his last days in the United States. He was denied a pension from the Greek government despite the sacrifices he made for the Patrida. His book was published in Greece however, it was never translated. I became acquainted with his story after reading my Dad's dogeared copy that was sitting on a dusty bookshelf in my basement.

Minas and other Greeks who lived through Hellenism's tragic yet glorious past have written about their trials and tribulations. We need to read and reread what they wrote until it sinks in and becomes an indelible and unerasable part of our own Greekness. To do anything less is to forget who we are.


Only Enver Hoxha stopped, destroyed and assimilated these pigs, the vorio-epiriotes. The term itself is already banned in Albania!You can read these chauvinistic tales over and over again, but it won't sink in, because Vorio Epir has never existed and never will!!


So the megalomaniac Hoxha is your hero, that speaks for itself. True democracies don't "ban" words or terms they don't like. Funny how the Albanians who always champion the minority rights of their brethern in other Balkan countries deny those same rights to the Greek minority in theirs. You say anything you like unfortunately you cannot change the historical record. I say this as someone who harbors no ill feelings against Albanians.

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