Outcast Europe

Memories of Displacement and Movement

Outcast Europe

Silver snuff box

Silver plate snuff box (belonged to Dimitrios Dadiotis), Ayvalik, late 19th early 20th century. The Dadioti family belonged to the bourgeoisie of Kydonies (present day Ayvalik) in Asia Minor. In 1915, during the first persecution that the Greeks of Asia Minor were subjected to, the father of the family, Dimitris, was sent to the forced labor
camps in Beli-keser, where he died of hardships a few months later. The mother, Anastasia, with the three children, Katina, Dimitra and Vaggelis, abandoned their home and moved temporarily to Istanbul. They came back from there  in 1919 when the political circumstances seemed more favorable for the Greeks. The family left again, with the persecution of 1922, first for Lesvos and then for Athens.

Pink dress

“This handmade child’s dress was donated to the museum of Asia Minor Culture of Egaleo by Mrs Maria Sofianou who has been the president of the Pergamos Association. In a journey to Pergamos by the end of the 2000s, together with a team of descendants of the Pergamos refugees, they were walking around the city. They stood in front of a house and started talking. The owner heard them and asked them if they were Greek. When they responded affirmatively, he asked them to wait and reentered the house. He returned with this pink dress he found in the attic of the house when he bought it decades earlier. Take it, he said, it belongs to you”. Dina Kalliotzi

Donated by Maria Sofianou to the Museum of Asia Minor Culture of Egaleo and lended to Outcast Europe.

Sewing machine

“When the Greek army entered and settled in Izmir in 1920, there was great enthusiasm among the Greeks. During this period, the middle daughter of the Kaliontzi-Chatzimichaloglou family met and fell in love with a soldier from the expeditionary force coming from Megara city. The soldier, named Doubaniaris, asked her hand from her father who agreed. A while later Doubaniaris, understanding the reversal of the military balance and the ominus political
situation, went to her house at night and asked her to follow him to Greece. The father said: “With all these Greek ships in the port, with one cannon shot from each one of them, everything will be over…”. Her mother threw away the ring breaking the engagement. After the change of the situation and the collapse of the Asia Minor front, the father was sent to mele taburu (labor camps). The women of the family, the mother and three daugters, left for Greece. The only place where they had someone they knew was Megara city. They went there and the couple reunited. The mother, using this sewing machine managed to provide for the two other girls working as a seamstress.” Dina Kalliontzi

Lizez

Piece of clothing for sleeping, handmade by mrs. Pinelopi Papadopoulou. The details on the chest and sleeves are examples of impressive craftsmanship.

“Grandma was taking care of herself a lot. Too much I could say. Always high
heels, fur and hat. She was resting for one hour after lunch, not to rest, but so that her feet remain in a good  condition” narrates Pepi Tsoukatou, the grand daughter of Pinelopi.

Traditional dress

“I missed Bulgaria and my personal connection with the homeland, so in 2015 I decided to join the London Bulgarian Choir. The choir consists mostly of foreigners and just about 1/3 of the members are actually Bulgarians. Singing Bulgarian songs abroad happened to be a magnificent feeling. This is the traditional dress which I wore at one of my most memorable performances with the choir. Just imagine the mix between folklore songs, classical music, jazz, Balkan rhythms – all in one! I embrace the idea that foreigners could sing Bulgarian songs, love and spread our culture. At the same time, all of us living abroad could embrace and respect their traditions. This is my vision for human fulfilment and continuity that we learn after we leave our birthplace”. Viliyana Tsekova

Silver wallet

Silver Wallet that belonged to mrs. Anastasia Dadioti from Kydonies. It dates back to the end of 19th or the beginning of the 20th century.

The Dadioti family belonged to the bourgeoisie of Kydonies (present day Ayvalik) in Asia Minor. In 1915, during the first persecution that the Greeks of Asia Minor were subjected to, the father of the family, Dimitris, was sent to the forced labor camps in Beli-keser, where he died of hardships a few months later. The mother, Anastasia, with the three children, Katina, Dimitra and Vaggelis, abandoned their home and moved temporarily to Istanbul. They came back from there in 1919 when the political circumstances seemed more favorable for the Greeks. The family left again, with the persecution of 1922, first for Lesvos and then for Athens.

Underscarf

Nour is Palestinian, 16 years old. She was born in Lebanon. From there she moved with her mother and brothers to Syria and then to Turkey and Greece in 2016. She bought this underscarf in Lebanon. She also bought a pair of jeans and a bag. When she reached Syria she was hosted in a local house. The owner of the house complimented her bag and she decided to give it to her as a gift. She lost the jeans on the way from Syria to Turkey.

Glasses

Pince-nez glasses with golden rim. They belonged to Vaggelis Dadiotis and date back to early 20th century.

The Dadioti family belonged to the bourgeoisie of Kydonies (present day Ayvalik) in Asia Minor. In 1915, during the first persecution that the Greeks of Asia Minor were subjected to, the father of the family, Dimitris, was sent to the forced labor camps in Beli-keser, where he died of hardships a few months later. The mother, Anastasia, with the three children, Katina, Dimitra and Vaggelis, abandoned their home and moved temporarily to Istanbul. They came back from there in 1919 when the political circumstances seemed more favorable for the Greeks. The family left again, with the persecution of 1922, first for Lesvos and then for Athens.