HHF Recommends

See below for recommendations from members of the HHF’s award winning History Committee for links to interesting books, music, film, series, documentaries, podcasts and websites related to all things Greek.

New additions are added frequently so come back here often for new material:

Violent August

John Burry from our award-winning History Committee has a new recommendation for the month of May!

Incorporating detailed interviews with historians and family members of those affected, the documentary explores the causes of one of the largest anti-Greek riots in the world – using actual archival photos, newspaper reports and representational newsreel footage to bring the people, places and incidents to life.

Violent August reveals the social conditions and motives of the enraged WW1 veterans who started the riots in the summer of 1918 and the position of the small community of Greek immigrants and restaurant operators who unwittingly became the lightening rod for the violence.  The film provides a powerful and shocking example of how a festering climate of racism and resentment became a ticking time bomb primed to explode at the slightest provocation.

If you want to better understand the unique history of what life was like for a small community of Greek immigrants in Toronto during this complicated period of time, you'll need to see this powerful documentary to find out more.

Ted Papakostas: Archaeostorytelling: How the past can blow your mind | Ted Papakostas | TEDxAthens | TED Talk

HHF History Committee volunteer Irene Kritikopoulos highly recommends @archaeostoryteller – an innovative Instagram project by Archaeologist Ted Papakostas who decided to introduce a different view of what antiquity is through a modern Greek lens and promote what is called “pop archaeology”.

We plan to add a new link and recommendation every month.

C.P. Cavafy: Collected Poems. - Revised Edition | Princeton University Press

HHF History Committee volunteer Stavroula Michalopoulos highly recommends the Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy.  Regarded as one of the most important figures in twentieth-century Greek poetry, his poems are considered among the most powerful in modern European literature.

We plan to add a new link and recommendation every month.

Salonica, City of Ghosts by Mark Mazower | Penguin Random House Canada

HHF History Committee volunteer Tina Polimenou-Tzatzanis highly recommends the book, "Salonica, City of Ghosts" by historian Mark Mazower. It's the story of Thessaloniki's layered past, and the people who once lived there. A must if you love this city or plan to visit! 

We plan to add a new link and recommendation every month.