HISTORY

  • Where is Homer’s Ithaca?

    Where is Homer’s Ithaca?

    In recent weeks a study by a British team headed by Robert Bittlestone has attracted much media attention. The team claims that Homer’s Ithaca was in fact a part of present-day Kefalonia. Sofia Papaioannou meets the Bittlestone team in Cambridge and London and presents the evidence on which the new theory is based. She then travels to the islands in question: Kefalonia and modern Ithaca, and discusses the numerous other theories about Homer’s Ithaca as well as the vested interests behind them. She examines the latest archaeological finds on both islands and speaks with the archaeologists who believe they are close to the historic discovery of Odysseus’s palace

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  • The Greek Battalion

    The Greek Battalion

    Alexis Papahelas tells the unknown story of the Greek saboteurs of the U.S. military, trained to land in Greece and fight alongside the resistance during the Nazi withdrawal from southeastern Europe. The New Files follows one of the Greek-American heroes as he returns, 64 years later, to the village used as a base by this extraordinary team of demolition experts. For the first time ever, unseen archive footage is brought to light of the top-secret training undergone by the Greek-American recruits on American military bases, plus rare photos of their lives in the villages of the Greek countryside. Several of the surviving Greek-American veterans speak to Alexis Papahelas about their dangerous missions in Greece, their j...

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  • Negotiating with Skopje: Behind Closed Doors

    Negotiating with Skopje: Behind Closed Doors

    In an in-depth report, The New Files examines the question of the naming of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, looking back over the history of the diplomatic dispute that began in 1991 and continues today. For the first time, top-level politicians and diplomats speak to Alexis Papahelas about want went on behind the scenes. In a revealing interview, former Prime Minister Constantine Mitsotakis speaks openly about the talks, the negotiations, the rival political leaders, the ‘mistakes’ and the opportunities to solve the problem that went wasted. Antonis Samaras, then Foreign Minister, also speaks exclusively to Alexis Papahelas about the ‘Milosevic proposals’ and the drama and high tensions behind the n...

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  • The Greek Left: 1989 –-2008

    The Greek Left: 1989 –-2008

    The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 finds the Greek left unified as the Synaspismos Party (the Coalition of the Left). But divisions and mistrust linger. The two historic leaders, Charilaos Florakis and Leonidas Kirkos have ceded their positions to Aleka Papariga and Maria Damanaki, and the first clouds do not take long to appear. “They were ready to leave,” Papariga tells The New Files about Maria Damanaki and Mimi Androulakis who were cast out at the dramatic Central Committee conference which led to the second major break-up of the Communist Party of Greece (KKE) in 1991. “I did everything I could to defuse the tensions,” Maria Damanaki responds to Sofia Papaioannou. In this major report, The New Files exami...

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  • The Greek Left: 1968 – 1989

    The Greek Left: 1968 – 1989

    Exactly 40 years ago in a villa on the outskirts of Budapest, the 12th Plenary Conference of the then outlawed Communist Party of Greece (KKE) takes place. It triggers a schism in the party. I fell from the clouds,” says Leonidas Kirkos in his exclusive interview with Alexis Papahelas, while current Secretary General of the Communist Party, Aleka Papariga, claims characteristically that the rift, “brought with it salvation.” For the first time on Greek television, Alexis Papahelas tells the story of the days of unity and the difficult days of division of the Greek Left. From the February, 1968 break-up, to the ‘Ecumenical Government’ (the Unified Coalition Government) formed with the right and the 1989 arraig...

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