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The ‘Silent Migration’ of Greek Children

with Professor Gonda Van Steen

  • When: – 9:00 pm
  • Where: Online (YouTubeFacebook)
  • Entry: Free

Event Details

This talk discusses an unknown chapter of Greek history: the mass adoptions of Greek children to the USA and to the Netherlands starting in 1948 and lasting through the 1960s. Their number totals some 4,000 children and many of them have been searching for their records and roots to this day. Adoption intermediaries played a critical role in the earliest waves of this historic overseas adoption movement, for devising the blueprint of mass international adoption and, regrettably, for letting some of its systemic mistakes happen. My presentation will cover the history of this adoption movement, the genealogical challenges it entails, and also the ways in which questions of the past may still be resolved.

About Professor Gonda Van Steen

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Gonda Van Steen holds the Koraes Chair of Modern Greek and Byzantine History, Language and Literature in the Department of Classics at King’s College London. She is the author of many articles and five books: Venom in Verse: Aristophanes in Modern Greece; Liberating Hellenism from the Ottoman Empire; Theatre of the Condemned: Classical Tragedy on Greek Prison Islands; Stage of Emergency: Theater and Public Performance under the Greek Military Dictatorship of 1967-1974, and Adoption, Memory, and Cold War Greece (2019, in Greek: Ζητούνται παιδιά από την Ελλάδα: Υιοθεσίες στην Αμερική του Ψυχρού Πολέμου, 2021). She most recently edited and published The Battle for Bodies, Hearts and Minds in Postwar Greece: Social Worker Charles Schermerhorn in Thessaloniki, 1946-1951

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We look forward to your insightful participation.


Thank you to the Penny Zagarelou-Mackieson in being a major sponsor of the event

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Delphi Accounting, Symposiarch Wines and the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria

About Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024

This event belongs to the series, Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024.

The Greek Community of Melbourne hosts a wide range of events, from intimate gatherings to large functions, and celebrates cultural diversity with vibrant festivals, performances, and exhibitions.

SERIES DATES: Thursday, 07/03/2024 – Thursday, 26/09/2024

See all Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024 published events.

  • LANGUAGE English
  • CATEGORY Education
  • EVENT SERIES Seminars > Greek History and Culture Seminars 2024
  • SERIES DATES Thursday, 07/03/2024 – Thursday, 26/09/2024
  • PRESENTED BY The Greek Community of Melbourne
  • FEATURING Professor Gonda Van Steen
  • M.C. Nick Dallas
  • MAJOR DONORS Delphi Accounting, Symposiarch Wines and the Kastellorizian Association of Victoria
  • MINOR DONORS Penny Zagarelou-Mackieson
  • PLACE Online (YouTubeFacebook)