The Greek 1940s are known to be distinctive, if not unique. No other European country experienced such a dramatic sequence of events from occupation to famine, resistance, and civil war, all in the span of ten years.
This project analyzes the life histories of Greek Canadians who were born in Greece during the mid to late 1920s and 1930s to document their experiences. “Childhood Narratives of Greek Canadians from the 1940s” aims to evaluate the effects of trauma and resilience through the events of the 1940s in Greece to critically reflect on memory eighty years later. The research contributes a transnational perspective to the historiography. It reveals how memories and ethnic identities can expand beyond borders to create a community of those who may share the same experiences, traumas, and identities.
Angelo Nicholas Laskaris is a PhD candidate in History working under the supervision of Professor Athanasios Gekas at York University. His current research investigates childhood memories and experiences of Greek Canadians during the 1940s in Greece. His work takes a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses the fields of oral history, migration, and diaspora studies. Angelo Laskaris holds an MA in History from York University (2020) and a BA in History and Political Science from the University of Toronto (2019).