In these pages, you will see a selection of photographs from The George Phillos Photograph Collection placed alongside other photographs and objects from the National Hellenic Museum’s collection. The Phillos photographs, largely taken between 1910-1930, provide a unique, candid record of life as experienced by a Greek American immigrant in the early twentieth century. This period was important in American history--and, consequently, in the Greek American story.
The paintings in this exhibition were donated to the National Hellenic Museum in 2006 by Ms. Lisa Papamarkou Jewell. Alexander Mohr, a German painter who spent most of his adult life in Athens, had been a family friend. The paintings in this collection are all emblematic of Mohr’s lifelong love affair with Greece, both its landscapes and people. They also offer a unique view of the ways in which the vaulted traditions of 18th-and 19th-century German Philhellenism survived and transformed as it wound its way through the 20th century. The paintings are representative of the German Expressionist movement, a significant modern art movement that also bridges the gap between the 19th and 20th centuries.
This exhibit tells the story of Helias Doundoulakis and the brave men of the Greek Resistance during the Second World War. A young boy born in Ohio and raised in Crete, Helias Doundoulakis and his brother George became important figures in the network of spies that sought to save Greece from the Nazis. This is an epic tale of espionage, bravery, and loyalty. This is a story about the best of what it means to be Greek and what it means to be American.