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A Savior Sent by an "Old Foe"; Feridun Demokan, Notes on the Great Famine in Greece


  • Ulvi Keser

    () (Atilim University Faculty of Management, International Relations Department, Cyprus Research Center Director)


The Second World War has had a great and bitter impact upon the countries which participated in it. Unfortunately, one of those countries suffered tragic consequences of the war since it was invaded twice firstly by Italy, and then by Germany. Out of the military invasion, Greece also suffered from the starvation which lasted approximately 5 years in the country. This long and terrific period is known as "µ?????? ??µ??" or the Great Famine. The only country helping Greece during the period of invasion and famine was Turkey, and a distinguished Turkish man named Feridun Demokan brought the Greek tragedy into the public attention and informed the entire world about this disaster. This article will focus on the period of Greek famine and the activities of Feridun Demokan who worked as the representative of the Turkish Red Crescent Society.

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  • Ulvi Keser, 2011. "A Savior Sent by an "Old Foe"; Feridun Demokan, Notes on the Great Famine in Greece," Ege Academic Review, Ege University Faculty of Economics and Administrative Sciences, vol. 11(1), pages 137-153.
  • Handle: RePEc:ege:journl:v:11:y:2011:i:1:p:137-153

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    Greece; Turkey; red crescent; red cross; grand famine; starvation; WWII;

    JEL classification:

    • N40 - Economic History - - Government, War, Law, International Relations, and Regulation - - - General, International, or Comparative
    • F59 - International Economics - - International Relations, National Security, and International Political Economy - - - Other


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