Stroumboulis’ Venture: Save Diaspora Archives



Save-The-Archives-Greek-Migration-PapersGreek-Canadian entrepreneur George Stroumboulis, who already has two enterprises promoting purchases of property in Greece to his credit, now is operating Save the Archives.com, hoping to preserve the migration history of Greek immigrants through the digitization of entry archives.

With the support from the Greek diaspora, Save The Archives is raising awareness and collecting donations to help the International Organization for Migration (IOM) in Athens to facilitate the digitization process.

Stroumboulis, who now lives in New York, said his goal is to make sure an essential part of Greek migration history to the United States, Canada, Australia and South Africa from 1950-75  is not lost to time. There are an estimated 200,000 documents and Save The Archives hopes to raise 25,000 euros ($32,550) to preserve them and work with the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Stroumboulis said he first became aware of the migration documents during a visit to Athens in March 2012. After meeting with the Head of Office for IOM Athens, Daniel Esdras, and discovering that they were in their original paper form and needed to be protected from possible deterioration, the initiative to Save The Archives was born.

“Greeks have migrated to every imaginable part of the world – integrating within different communities while maintaining their rich culture and heritage” said Stroumboulis. “Being a first generation Greek-Canadian, the idea of helping ignite a movement that would help preserve the entry archives of my parents, and those archives of thousands of other Greeks around the world, was an inspiring challenge.”

The Save The Archives initiative was launched to coincide with two important anniversaries between Greece/Australia and Greece/Canada in 2012 as well, as that marked the 60th anniversary of the Assisted Migration Agreement (AMA) signed in 1952 between Australia and Greece.

Thousands of Greeks migrated to Australia following the conclusion of the (AMA) under the auspices of the Intergovernmental Committee for European Migration (ICEM), later to become the International Organization for Migration (IOM).

Upon achieving the financial goal, the funds will be donated to IOM Athens which will undertake the digitization of the paper archives, Stroumboulis said. With strong support coming from the Greek diaspora, specifically from Australia, plans on how the digitized archives will be presented are under way.

Following the digitization process, scholars and diplomats from Australia have discussed the creation of an online portal that can make the archives easily accessible by the Diaspora. Those interested in supporting the Save The Archives initiative are encouraged to visit the website, www.SaveTheArchives.com. Visitors to the website can obtain more information and learn how they can make a donation.

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Leftist Andy Dablis is an immigrant to the USA that seems to have  guilt conscious over it. He seems to be  essentially trying to transplant US immigration policy and laws into Greece. To make matters worse he irrationally equates ILLEGALS that violate our borders with “immigrants”.

    If we listen to the opinion on immigration by *treasonous*….  let me repeat *treasonous* ….Greeks like Andy Dablis of the USA….it logically follows Greece will eventually end up with similar mixed demographics like the US (see what British imperialists did the native indians  in America). In other words, whether consciously or through sheer stupidity of parroting his fellow Americans that call FYROM “Macedonia”… Andy Dablis of the USA supports a Greece that will eventually be a non-Greek state.

    Unlike pseudo-Greeks…. our ancestors fought to keep invaders out and keep Greece primarily a Greek state.

  2. Some of the illegals in Greece are from india. Here is what your alleged Inian “comrades” think of your Greek identity. They care deeply about Greeks.

    “Expressing gratitude to Macedonia for its support to India’s
    non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2011-12 and
    subsequent candidature for permanent membership, Kumar hoped the
    European country would also consider extending support for the G-4
    Resolution seeking reforms in the working of the UN Security Council.:

    “She added that the selfless work of Mother Teresa and her inspiring life
    have been one of the strong links between the two countries.

    http://ibnlive.in.com/news/india-hopes-macedonia-will-support-resolution-on-un-security-council-reforms/376835-3.html

  3. Why are you slandering Andy Dablis like this? 
    What have your accusations got to do with his article?I can only see benefits to immigrant Greeks for preserving these records.

  4. I am not “slandering”. I am stating a fact. Perhaps If Andy Dablis of the USA was less interested in slandering Greeks as “racist” and “neo-nazis” for objecting to illegals and stopped framing illegals as “immigrants’ like manipulative foreign funded NGOs do  and instead focused on protecting Greece from our real enemies by criticizing Skopians and any of their foreign collaborators..

    …I might see him as something more than a treasonous coward that simply parrots US media.

    I would note that this is same US media that now references the Skopian propagandists as “Macedonians”…. while pretending not to notice their governments change into descendents of ancient Macedonians and encouraging their citizens to see our country as occupied.

    “This (US)
    Government considers talk of Macedonian “nation”, Macedonian
    “Fatherland”, or Macedonia “national consciousness” to be
    unjustified demagoguery representing no ethnic nor political reality, and sees
    in its present revival a possible cloak for aggressive intentions against
    Greece” – US State Department Dec, 1944 (Foreign Relations Vol. VIII
    Washington D.C. Circular Airgram – 868.014/26)

    http://tinyurl.com/nel46d

  5. Thats why my diasporic fascist, no country on this planet will stay homogenous!

    As the global demographics grow and wars proceed unabated, we are heading towards a new world order where every state will be part of a multiracial, multireligious, and multicultural international community.

    What did you goldendawn fascists think that the world was to stay paraplegic!

  6. This is a good idea, the massive Greek migration to all corners of the globe over the last 100yrs is a significant part of Greek and world history and is worth preserving for future generations. 

  7.  I don’t vote for Golden Dawn you negative stereotyping idiot.

    Perhaps you should learn the difference between legal and illegal immigration? Ever country in the world… including the countries the illegals are from… DEPORT ILLEGALS.

  8. According to Savas, rocket scientist  Obama is “diasporic fascist” for deporting illegals!

    “Obama Administration Deports 1.5 Million Illegal Immigrants in 1st Term – A New Record”

     http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2012/12/25/obama-administration-deports-1-5-million-illegal-immigrants-in-1st-term-a-new-record/

  9.  Future generations won’t preserve it. Most (not all) of the diaspora are going to be eventually assimilated into other nations.In fact, other than communists it is largely diaspora immigrant Greek leftists that keep arguing to support illegal immigration into Greece. (see Andy the American.. whose descendents will eventually marry non Greeks and have children that have an American rather than Greek identity) 

  10. According to BIGOT patronizing Savas every nation in the world is filled with “diasporic fascists”… as every nation in the world deports illegals! (no exceptions).

    “16,000 illegal immigrants deported from Nigeria”@e9d91cfb2e0ebf6ac606e7cf6fb914df:disqus
     http://www.dailytrust.com.ng/index.php/news-news/51651-16-000-illegal-immigrants-deported-from-nigeria

    “UK deports ‘illegal’ immigrants to Pakistan on seven chartered flights”
    http://news.silobreaker.com/deport-illegal-immigrants-say-most-americans-5_2266625795977904183

    “Israel begins deporting migrants back to African countries”
    http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/17/world/meast/israel-deports-immigrants

    “Sweden orders deportation of 550 immigrants back to Malta”http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20100321/local/sweden-orders-deportation-of-550-immigrants-back-to-malta.299192

    43 000 Zimbabweans deported from South Africa
    http://www.chronicle.co.zw/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=43349:43-000-zimbabweans-deported-from-sa&catid=37:top-stories&Itemid=130

    “Mexico desports illegals”
    http://obsthisland.blogspot.ca/2010/05/mexico-deports-their-illegal-immigrants.html

  11. You make actual human rights activists look bad with your offense comments against Greeks on this website.

  12. “we are heading towards a new world order where every state will be part
    of a multiracial, multireligious, and multicultural international
    community.”

    That already exists in every state troll. The problem is crypto-marxist multiculturalism fanatics like you take it to extremes. What fanatics like you advocate is code words for NEO-IMPERIALISM.  (see Native indians who lost their lands to it)  What pretentious fanatics like you advocate amounts to subtle form of GENOCIDE of all the unique peoples of the world.

    You are behind the times troll. The multiculturalism model is failing across Europe and Asia . Even David Cameron and Merkle both publicly called it a failure. (why all across Europe and Asia their are calls for tighter immigration control)

  13. Sure it maybe the case in the US and some simply are not interested in their roots of course, but it is not indicative of everyone in all the diasporas. There are thousands of Australians of Greek descent who still maintain homes and land here and others who come to Greece every year just to trace their Greek heritage, including those children of mixed marriages. 

    The birth registry at our local dimos is inundated with requests from the diasporas, of people wanting records and information on their ancestors. There is also increasing numbers from South America looking for information on gt or gt gt granparents who migrated there after WWI. They may all be fully integrated into their various communities but that doesn’t mean they aren’t interested in their own family history.

  14. The interest of most diaspora Greeks (not all) is more of a gossip not of a patriotic vareity (sort of like reading the horoscope or Greek Reporters holliword section). Most of their descendents are destined to lose their Greek identity whe they eventually inter-marry.

    Dablis is a perfect example of this loss of identity. Although he calls himself “Greek”., he isn’t really Greek in a cultural sense. He’s been so inundated wtih American media he just parrots foreign media rather than see things trough Greek cultural lens (which is actually true of some Greeks in Greece itself that focus to much on modern US television programming than Greek cultural themes)

  15. Of course immigrants eventually loose their identity when they assimilate, this is stating the obvious and is what happens when people immigrate anywhere.  That doesn’t mean that they aren’t interested in accessing records to learn where their ancestors originated and how they travelled there, which is what this topic is about. The preservation of immigrant records and making them easily accessable, so descendants of migrants can find information on their family history when and if they wish to.

    There is very little US programming on Greek tv actually, so you are barking up the wrong tree there. The vast majority of programmes remain Greek.

     

  16. You are way off the mark. Much of the programming on Greek television is modelled after US television. Alpha, mega,  Star, Skai, ANT1 all also have US programs.

    Even some of the alleged Greek shows are rebranded clones of US TV shows. “America’s got Talent” becomes
    Greece has talent”. American idol becomes “Greek Ido:)” Even ERT has Disney programming and US TV shows. (even British ones like Teletubbies).

    This US media bombardment has a very effect on the minds of many Greeks children. They start to confuse American culture and values with always being a synonym with Greek ones. They lose touch with their Greek identity.

  17. “The problem is crypto-marxist multiculturalism fanatics like you take it to extremes.”

    Man, do you like to put words in people’s mouths. One word for you: psychopath!!

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