Manhasset Hellenic Club Hosts Guest Speaker for Oxi Day
October 29, 2016
On Friday, October 28, 2016, the Manhasset High School Hellenic Club presented an Oxi Day Lecture featuring guest speaker Christos Ioannides, PhD. Dr. Ioannides is the Director of the Center for Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies and an associate professor in the Department of Urban Studies at Queens College. Approximately 30 students were in attendance along with parents in the Middle School Library after school. Dr. Ioannides gave a PowerPoint presentation, with pictures depicting different aspects of the war in Greece in the 1940s. At the time, Mussolini and his Italian troops desired to take over Greece and secure their land, but the Greeks would not allow it. Full of pride for their small country, they fought with extreme spirit to defeat the Italians. Oxi Day specifically commemorates the day when the prime minister of Greece, Ioannis Metaxas, declared Oxi, which means no in Greek, to the Italian Prime Minister Mussolini. Some of Dr. Ioannides’ lecture slides included pictures of grandmothers, carrying ammunition on their backs, walking up a hill for the Greek soldiers. These images, representing Greek women’s strength, demonstrates the undeniable ferocity and determination of every Greek citizen during this war to fight the Italians from stealing their independence. Dr. Ioannides gave a moving, powerful speech, leaving the attendees a recognized sense of the true Greek pride that pushes them to never let up.