Who is to blame for the Asia Minor catastrophe?
In the news program the famous scholar of the destruction of Smyrni and British ambassador to Greece, Sir Michael Llewellyn Smith discloses that Venizelos never asked for guarantees from England and France before invading Smyrni, but even if he asked it would be quite impossible to get any guarantees since the British generals were completely against to the idea of the expedition. The famous historian also explains that there was an alternative solution that could have saved the Greek cities of Asia Minor but Venizelos for his own reasons never believed in it. Also the NEW FILES travel to Smyrni to meet with the Turkish historian Engin Berber who explains on camera how Kemal Atatourk as a young officer of the Turkish army managed to rebuild a Turkish army without anyone noticing it and to make his countrymen to believe in themselves and to win the Greek forces. In the news program Alexis Papahelas opens for the first time the file of the “trial of Six,” the special court martial that decided the execution of five politicians and one general who were held responsible for the destruction of Smyrni. On camera the grandson of the prime minister at the time, Petros Protopapadakis who was executed together with the rest explains why he decided one century later to reopen the case and try to revise the decision of the court martial. Also the lawyer of the case , Nikos Vasilatos, talks to the NEW FILES about his very personal motive to take over the case since his father was the lawyer of one of the six people who got executed and he says characteristically that “my father was at the beginning of the case and I will be there to end it.” Finally, Sotiris Othonaios nephew of general Alexandros Othonaios, the president of the court martial confess in the camera of the NEW FILES his feelings when he met the son of Protopapadakis and the reasons that led him to pay tribute to the people who were executed due to his uncle's decision.