On Monday night, Greek politics hit an old time low. When Greek Education Minister Nikos Filis denied the events of the Ottoman Greek (Rûm) Genocide in the Black Sea coastal region of Pontos on Greek national television. A member of the ruling Radical Left SYRIZA party, Minister Filis has defended his comments. While the Greek Government has been quick to express that they are merely the Minister’s “opinion” and not the position of the Government.
For those unfamiliar with the Ottoman Greek (Rûm) Genocide. It was a systematic extermination by two consecutive Turkish Governments during World War I. This Internationally recognized event witnessed the mass murder of over 1.7 million Ottoman Greeks (Rûm) from the greater regions of Eastern Thrace and Asia Minor. Ottoman Greeks (Rûm), which were members of both the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Constantinople and Antioch.