February 24, 1956

ALEXANDROS SVOLOS: Alexandros Svolos, one of the leaders of the Democratic Party and a former professor of constitutional law at Athens University, died at his home yesterday at 9.40 a.m. of a cerebral hemorrhage. The deceased had suffered from diabetes for some time, and during the recent election campaign he had abandoned his diet and medication. (…) The leader of the Liberals, Mr George Papandreou, has issued the following statement: «Alexandros Svolos, a self-made man of the people, was a great personality, both spiritual and moral. He was a wonderful scientist and teacher, a superior intellectual and a human being par excellence. He was both popular with the people and passionate about ideas. Democracy was his life. Born in 1892, in Krousovo, Macedonia, he was persecuted by the Germans and Italians during the occupation, when they looted his home. In 1944 he lost his job at the university and in April of that year led the ‘government of the mountains.’ He took part in the conference of Lebanon and the government of National Union. As finance minister he carried out the first postwar stabilization of the drachma.»

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