Dimitris lives in
Athens. His parents left Istanbul in 1964 when Turkish state exiled people with Greek citizenship. In the video, Dimitris talks about his journey from the harbour in Karaköy to Athens by himself as he had to follow his parents. It was the first time he left Istanbul. He tells the story of his journey and his feelings upon seeing Greece and Athens for the first time. He also describes what Piraeus, Sounion and Athens were like in 1964.
This video is from the footage of the documentary film . Burying the Bones by Gönül Bozoğlu & Cem Hakverdi
Galata [Karaköy] Port from the sea. Today it is been redeveloped. Dimitris left Istanbul from this port in 1964.
On the left: Galata (Karaköy) Port in 1964 when Dimitris left. On the right: Akdeniz – the ship that took Dimitris to Athens.
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.
Dimitris describes the district of Piraeus of 1964 where there was a quarry (on the left) and one-storey houses occupied by poor immigrants who came from Izmir in 1922 (on the right.
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.