An exhibition featuring the private collection of more than 300 historical items from the World War II era opened in Athens, Greece on October 24 at the Hellenic American University and co-sponsored by the Greek America Foundation. The collection belongs to Gregory Pappas, founder of the Greek America Foundation, who and features posters, photographs, magazines, […]
The World War II Pappas Collection
On long-term temporary loan to the Greek America Foundation is the private collection of Gregory C. Pappas which features more than 300 items pertaining to Greece’s role during World War II and the American response.
Assembled over 20 years, the collection includes the largest known collection of original Greek War Relief posters dating to the 1940s, as well as newspapers, cartoons and photographs — all of which have been lent gratis to the Foundation by Gregory Pappas in order for proper display and awareness to both the collection, as well as the Foundation.
Pappas began collecting the items when he learned of his own family’s role during the invasion and ensuing occupation of his parents’ native Crete.
This collection of items was sparked by decades of family stories told by my father who was a teenager when the Germans invaded his native Crete with thousands of “umbrellas” falling from the sky in May 1941, as well as my mother who, although born after the Germans capitulated, remembered growing up drinking “American milk” and receiving boxes with various food items.
Gregory C. Pappas, Founder & President, Greek America Foundation
Greece’s entry into World War II on October 28, 1940 stands out as one of the finest hours in the country’s 20th-century history. That date was also a major turning point in the relations between Greece and the United States and the status of the Greek immigrants in America. It brought about a newfound, stronger appreciation of both modern Greece and the Greek Americans on the part of the American public and its government. The news that the Greek people were enthusiastically going to war against Fascist Italy was greeted with great enthusiasm in the United States.
Dr. Alexander Kitroeff, Professor of History, Haverford College
October 24 – December 20, 2019
“The Hour of Greece”
Hellenic American University
Under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the exhibition was inaugurated in Athens by U.S. Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt, Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias, President of the Hellenic American University Leonidas Koskos and Gregory Pappas.
The exhibition opening in Athens received extensive coverage in the national media, including front page stories in the Greek and English editions of Greece’s most widely-circulated newspaper, Kathimerini, and extensive television coverage via an entire episode of Attica TV.
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The Greek America Foundation was honored to have the Honorable Geoffrey Pyatt, United States Ambassador to Greece at the inauguration of “The Hour of Greece” exhibition at the Hellenic American University on October 22, 2019. Pyatt was joined by numerous dignitaries, including Nikos Dendias, the Foreign Minister of Greece, Metropolitan Gabriel of Philadelphia and Prince […]
An entire episode of Attica TV’s programming was dedicated to “The Hour of Greece” exhibition, which opened at the Hellenic American University in Athens, Greece. The exhibition is comprised of more than 300 items that tell the story of the American response to Greece’s role during World War II. The items are from the private […]