Philadelphia, PA – Sofia Kontogeorge Kostos is a Greek-American artist and dedicated advocate for the recognition of Hellenic genocide. Through out her life, Kostos has explored a variety of mediums including sculpting, photography and poetry which she uses to shed light on genocide.

“Before the Silence” is her first published book on the subject. The book is a series of historic news articles chronicling the genocides of Christians who lived in Asia Minor. Many academics reference the book and historic news articles when lecturing on the subject of genocide. Along with son and poet Dean Kostos, her poetry has been featured in a book titled, Pomegranate Seeds, an Anthology of Greek American poet.

A long time member of St. George Greek Orthodox church in Philadelphia, she also spent many years in Cinnaminson NJ, where she was married to Theodore M. Kostos, one of the founders of the Cinnaminson public library and mayor. Today, Sophia Kostos continues her campaign for the recognition of genocide and is active in civic matters in her community.

The interview was sponsored by the Greek American Heritage Society of Philadelphia.