European Parliament honours Greek WWII resistance hero Manolis Glezos

European Parliament honours Greek WWII resistance hero Manolis Glezos

European Parliament honours Greek WWII resistance hero Manolis Glezos

The European Parliament will honour the late, great WWII resistance hero Manolis Glezos by naming a meeting room in his memory.

In 1941 during Greece’s occupation by Nazi Germany, Glezos was just 18-years-old when he and his friend Apostolos Santas, a 19-year-old law student, climbed onto the Acropolis in the middle of the night and tore down the flag bearing the swastika unnoticed.

After the war, Glezos was repeatedly elected to Greece’s parliament with communist, socialist and leftist parties over a 60-year period.

In 2014 Glezos was elected to the European Parliament with the leftist SYRIZA party, becoming its oldest deputy at the age of 91.

Last year, he passed away at the age of 97.

The European Parliament described Glezos as “a major figure in the national resistance against fascism.”

The “Manolis Glezos” meeting room is located in the Altiero Spinelli building in Brussels.

Two other buildings will also be named after Clara Campoamor and Sophie Scholl in honour of International Women’s Day.

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This article was researched and written by a GCT team member.