Fener, a road to the Schools
Ioakeimeion Girls' High School from the street 


Top: the dome of the School
Bottom: the School is on the left
Students at the School 
A photo of Thanasis, who is 82, sitting where he used to sit. 
Thanasis shows me the chairs that he remembers from his childhood. He and his fellow students would play with these chairs, stacking them up like dominoes  before making them fall
In the natural history classroom there is a photo of Greta Thunberg. The School is a living site of education but also a place of memory: many of the interiors are unchanged, with old teaching collections remaining in place alongside new stuff
The view from the School
This is the poster in Greek for the event
Café Aman Istanbul concert in Megaron, Athens, 2019. 
Apart from traditional songs, they also perform traditional dance. 
Café Aman Istanbul also recreated the traditional carnival of Tatavla in which the Greeks of Istanbul wore comic masks and costumes to celebrate their neighbours, as you see in the photograph. The carnival would take place three weeks before the Great Lent and was also called Baklahorani (literally, ‘eating beans’) because according to the Orthodox tradition, they would not consume meat until Easter. Baklahorani would begin with a parade from Pera to the Saint Demetrius Church in Tatavla. It would end with festivity in the street there. The festival was stopped in 1941. For one year, in 2010, the carnival was revived by a group of Greeks and Turks.  
A picture of Baklahorani from 1930’s 
Nikos is taking a photograph of the Patriarch in Balıklı.
Apart from his photographs, Nikos prepared booklets, edited books, and organised exhibitions. He showed (and gave) me a booklet that was written by him to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Patriarch Bartholomew’s ascension to the throne. The booklet shows the Patriarch’s official visits. When I met him, Nikos was organising some events and preparing a book to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Patriarch’s ascension to the throne in 2021. 
When Cem Hakverdi and I went to interview him for our film, Burying the Bones, we asked him what had been the most memorable visit that he had with the Patriarch. Nikos chose their visit to Cuba in 2004, when Fidel Castro gave the ownership of Saint Nikolaos Church in Havana to the Ecumenical Patriarchate. Castro could have given this church to any other church, but chose the Patriarchate, which pleased Nikos greatly. Nikos gave a booklet in Spanish that he had prepared to Fidel Castro.
Nikos explained the book to me: “Due to the 50th anniversary of these events [the 1955 Pogrom against the Greeks], I did an interview with Dimitrios Kalumenos. He relived how the events took place. He explained their every second. And we gave this camera to him to hold after fifty years. He took those pictures 50 years ago. He told us that he was deeply afraid when he took those photographs. He went to many places: Beyoğlu, the Patriarchate, and to the Yedikule area where he saw the huge damage to the churches. He went to the Şişli graveyard where they desecrated the graves. They took the bones from the coffins. So, all those photographs exist because of him.”
The last time I saw Nikos was during a visit to the Patriarchate in November 2020. I showed him this website that you are visiting now. I read some of stories and we looked at the images together. He said the website was ‘very different and creative,’ and that he appreciated my research, after which he gave me this gift. 
 
On this cross is inscribed the name of the Patriarch Bartholomew I, which was very important to him; in turn, this object is very important to me as a memory of Nikos. 
Screenshot of Istos web page
Phases of Matter (Maddenin Halleri) won several 
awards at national and international levels in prestigious festivals. 
1940s Vases. The flowers were designed by Ashen
Lace Pattern Book and some of the examples of lace that Ashen made over 75 years. She learned to make lace at the age of 7 and produced a massive amount of lace work. Dimitris notes that the book is in French, since at the time French was more common than English in Turkey. 
Hurmuzios Vafiadis was a collector. He was known for going to auctions to collect antique souvenirs. However, he stopped collecting after the 1955 Pogrom targeting the Greek communities of Istanbul. This plate is called the ‘Survivor’ by Dimitris’s family, because when the attackers smashed their home, this plate manage to survive, although it haired to be put back together. Dimitris notes: ‘This plate is one of the important objects for our family, as a survivor. It reminds us of those days but also shows us to be survivors of bad days.’
Baylan in Kadıköy
Baylan interior
Traditional display in Baylan 
Freshly made macarons
Marrons glacés. Ligor explains that they are traditionally wrapped to limit contact with the air, so that they do not deteriorate. ‘It is air that spoils the product.’ 
Galata [Karaköy] Port from the sea. Today it is been redeveloped. Dimitris left Istanbul from this port in 1964. 
This is the radio that Dimitris mentions in the video.  It belonged to his parents and was in Istanbul until 1964. Now it is in Dimitris’s home in Athens. 
"Ο ναός του Ποσειδώνα στο Σούνιο - The temple of Poseidon, Sounion (2)" by st.delis is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
This is the Temple of Poseidon in Sounion. Dimitris saw it very early in the morning from his ship. He recognised it from the photographs. He was very excited to see it for real. 
Piraeus Customs House in 1964. This is the port at which Dimitris arrived in Greece after he was forced to leave Istanbul. 
Sounion coastal road in 1964.
Omonia Square, Athens in 1964. Dimitris was fascinated when he saw it for the first time. 
"Acropolis: Distant view of western approach"by Penn State Libraries Pictures Collection is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0

The Acropolis in Athens in 1960s. The first thing that Dimitris asked when he arrived in Piraeus was ‘where is the Acropolis?’
This is a kiosk from 1964, similar to the one Dimitris talks about in the video in relation the sunglasses story.
The Land Walls seen from the tram from Atatürk Airport into the historic peninsula.
This is one of the trophy cabinets
The location of Theodoros’s hotel in Taksim, Istanbul
The icon of Agios Eleftherios, hanging on the wall of Dimitris’s house in Athens
Agia Triada Church, Beyoğlu
Athanasios’s grandfather’s business card
Athanasios' grandparents' wedding invitation
Marriage certificate of Athanasios’ grandparents from the church
Athanasios’s ID card when he was a primary student at Zapyon Greek School 
Athanasios with his classmates at Zapyon Greek School 
Athanasios is in front of his grandmother’s house in Göztepe
A train in Göztepe
Yorgi points out the way that the chain would have worked, referring to  photograph of the model that he built in his own office.
Balıklı Cemetery