This paper revolves around the concepts of Fatherland and Repatriation. A key question that touches upon both concepts and is at the core of this essay is how can someone be repatriated if he o she had never been in their fatherland? This is a paradox. The meaning of Repatriation is to return. But what if you had never left? What if neither your parents, nor your grandparents ever even visited the country you had learned to call Fatherland? This is the subject to be examined here though the narratives of three men who grew up in Soviet Kazakhstan, yet dreamed of coming to Greece, where they thought they belonged. These three people had parents who were born in Georgia and grandparents who were born in the Ottoman Empire's Minor Asia heartland. They had no other relation to Greece or Greek culture other than their distant descent. Their Greek language, their adherence to Orthodox Christianity, their cultural relevance to Greece were subjected into countless alternations under the influence of the tongues, customs and even laws of the countries they had settled in for decades. Yet, as we are about to learn, the need for a place to call home is greater than all the facts logic can draft. Whether this need was created by external factors or by personal choices is the main question to be explored. However, these aforementioned people finally came to Greece. And no matter what they were, they are now Greeks.
Ziogas Georgios
Hello, my name is Georgios Ziogas and I was born in the early days of December, 1996. I live in Athens, Greece, and I currently study at Panteion University of Social and Political Sciences for my second Bachelor Title in International, European and Area Studies. I also hold a B.A. in Public Administration - Public Institutions from Panteion University and a M.A. in Political Economy from the National Kapodistrian University of Athens. My interest in History precedes any other. As far back as I can remember I was always curious about the facts and the truth of our societies precedents. Through the History Dialogues Project I was given the chance to uncover that there is no solid truth as I had in mind. History revolves around humans and their experiences which are subjective, so this characteristic follows history as it moves on with them. My submitted paper is highly personal. Part of my family comes from the lands mentioned in the featured narratives and their path is the same as with the people I've interviewed. I hope you enjoy and see yourself that even words and their meanings can cross borders along with the persons who believe in them. This story discusses the meaning of the concept of Fatherland and the people who had to cross a dozen countries to finally find it.
Ziogas Georgios

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