A tribute to the great Achaean politician and spiritual man Panagiotis Kanellopoulos will be held today at 8 pm at Polyedros, in the garden, at Kanakari 147 in Patras on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of his birth, in 1902.
Vassilis Bekiris, former deputy minister of education, and Christos Moulias, lawyer-author, will speak at the eagerly awaited event.
Panagiotis Kanellopoulos (1902-1986) was born in Patras and was the son of pharmacist Kanellos Kanellopoulos and Amalia Gounari. He studied at the Law School of the University of Athens (1919-1920), at the Law School of the University of Heidelberg (1920-1923, when he was awarded a Doctor of Law) and the philosophy school of the University of Munich (1923). He was general secretary of the Ministry of National Economy in the ecumenical government of Alexandros Zaimis (1926). In 1929, he took part (together with Konstantinos Tsatsos and M. Tsamados) in founding and editing the magazine Archive of Philosophy and Theory of Science.
In 1933 he became professor of Sociology at the University of Athens. In 1935 he married Theano Poulikakou. During the Metaxas dictatorship he was arrested and exiled to Kythnos, Thassos and Karystos until 1940.
In the Greco-Italian war he volunteered and served on the front line (Pogradec – Koritsa). During the German occupation he was persecuted for his resistance action and fled to Eritrea in Asia Minor. He was vice president and minister of national defense of the exiled government of Tsouderou. He was a minister in the government of national unity under George Papandreou. During the civil war (1946-1949) he undertook brave initiatives to dehumanize the massacres. Until 1967, he continued his political activity, occupying ministerial and parliamentary positions in several governments, while he was also the country’s prime minister from November 1 to 22, 1945. Head of the Greek delegation to the UN General Assembly in the period September-December 1950 and a member of the Academy of Athens since 1959.
Panagiotis Kanellopoulos signed as a representative of the Greek government the agreement for the country’s accession to the EEC in July 1961. He was the leader of the ERE party and shortly before the imposition of the Papadopoulos dictatorship he formed a government with the aim of holding parliamentary elections. During the dictatorship he opposed the regime of colonels. He returned to politics as an independent MP of the New Democracy party in 1977 and 1981. The multi-volume historical work “History of the European Spirit” bearing his signature is considered a particularly important and valuable book for students of political and European sciences. He was honored with the Excellence of Letters of the Academy of Athens in 1952 for “I was born in 1402”. His works have been translated into English, French, German and Italian.
He died at his home in Athens from a heart attack.
He first appeared in literature in 1918 with the publication of his poem in Numa. In 1920 he published the poetry collection “Rhythms in the Waves”. Until 1955 he published three more collections. In addition to poetry, he also worked in prose – he published in Munich the novel “The Redeemed from the Lost Soul” and playwriting, with the historical drama “Oliver Cromwell”.
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TODAY THE SCREENING AT THE OLD HOSPITAL
“Displaced – Small Acts of Survival”
Today at 8:30 pm, there will be a screening of the documentary “Displaced – Small Acts of Survival” on immigration and unemployment in Patras, in the Atrium of the Old Municipal Hospital.
The documentary, directed by Antonis Barlou, Andrés Ribagorda, Charlotte Burck, follows two Iranian immigrants who are stranded
in Patras trying to board a truck for Italy. This atmospheric documentary traces their small acts of survival alongside those of two unemployed Greek builders facing poverty and exclusion.
A discussion will follow after the screening.
As the contributors state, “the observational documentary ‘Displaced – Small Acts of Survival’ depicts lesser-known stories about migration and poverty in Greece.” The camera follows two Iranian and two Greek friends in the port of Patras. The two main characters are Iranian immigrants who have been in Patras for many months and are sleeping on the street. Patras attracts migrants who attempt to illegally enter trucks to board ships bound for Italy. The film shows the two friends dealing with everyday frustrations and boredom. On the one hand
they are trying to ask for asylum and on the other hand they are trying to continue their journey to Europe. Patras is a city with high levels of unemployment and economic distress. The documentary shows how two Greek builders – one retired, one long-term unemployed – find a way to overcome difficulties through their friendship and relationship with the port.
Both sets of friends demonstrate through ‘small acts of survival’ ways of not letting their circumstances get the better of them, finding ways to support each other to survive.”