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The founders of the ISTOS Publishing house say they will publish books in both Turkish and Greek, and particularly focus on history and literature books. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

The founders of the ISTOS Publishing house say they will publish books in both Turkish and Greek, and particularly focus on history and literature books. DAILY NEWS photo, Emrah GÜREL

Vercihan Ziflioğlu Vercihan Ziflioğlu vercihan.ziflioglu@hurriyet.com.tr

The Greek minority in Istanbul’s Karaköy has established a new publishing house 50 years after the community last published a book.

“We will publish books in both Turkish and Greek, but most of them will be in Turkish. We will try to introduce Greek translations first hand,” Haris Rigas, one of editors at ISTOS publishing house, recently told the Hürriyet Daily News.

Greeks used to publish books, but they stopped doing so in the 1960s when relations between Turkey and Greece soured over the Cyprus problem, said Rigas and Seçkin Erdi, ISTOS’ other editor.

“Many Greeks left Turkey at the time; the number of Greeks declined and so did the cultural and social life,” said Rigas. “The last book was published in Istanbul 50 years ago. Our first book will be Fener Greek Patriarchate Press Secretaries Dosiethos Anagnastopulos’ book, which is on the trauma of immigrants who went to Greece because of the political tension.”

Rigas said they were taking weekly Agos and Aras Publishing House, which are both operated by the Armenian community, as examples.

“On one hand we will have to fight against nationalism, on the other hand, we will have translating and editing problems, as well economical difficulties, but we will not hesitate,” he said.

June/04/2012

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Aydin Alioglu

6/4/2012 1:22:12 PM

Stefanos, Those two Greeks are not working for government , and also publishing for minorities has never been an illegal action . It s hard to see connection between your commend and what s written above.. Being an eu member has nothing to do with minority rights otherwise Greece could never be a member while Turks in Trakia are not even accepted as Turks :) while other Immigrants in country treated as criminal slaves.in an EU where the Serbian rapers are free to move,it s easy to be Erdogan .

Stefanos Kalogirou

6/4/2012 8:01:42 AM

KC MrSomalia you are wrong. Greeks flourish and diminish in Turkey according to Turkish whims. Turkey until recently was showing its' ugly face to the minorities. Now, mainly because wants to give another impression, which will help its' EU candidacy, decided to give back to minorities some confiscated property and loosen up its grip. What is taken for granted in the rest of Europe, i.e press freedom, is not taken for granted in Turkey. That's how things are.

Tevfik Alp

6/4/2012 5:16:39 AM

Greek minorities were Turkish Nationals as well as the others. Why, they were not treated right to stay in Turkey? After all, it is their country, too.

MR Somalia

6/4/2012 3:10:49 AM

First of all I respect the Greek minorities but it must also be said that the Greeks have decided to reopen it only because Greece is on a slippery slope while Turkey is recording a healthy growth. Would they open it if Greece was doing well? This just validates that the Greeks have more faith in Turkiye than Greece today and all thanks to strong man like Erdogan who proved that Turks do not need EU but EU needs Turkiye. Lets hope they promote peace.
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