Γιάννενα & Σύγχρονη Δημιουργία
Averoff Tositsas EvangelosAveroff Tositsas Evangelos

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Year of birth:

1910

Passed away:

1990

Place of birth:

Trikala, Thessaly

Studies:

Law School of Athens.


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Evangelos Averoff, lawyer and economist by profession, played an important role in Greece’s political scenery for half a century. In the beginning of his career, he was appointed Prefect of Corfu (February 1941-April 1941). Before submitting his resignation, he organized a resistance movement against the Italian occupation forces. During the Occupation period (Katochi), he was arrested in Larissa (28-4-1942) for resistance-related activities and he was imprisoned in a concentration camp in Italy. He managed to escape but he remained in Italy, where he founded the secret organization “Freedom or Death”, which had the purpose of liberating Greek and Allied war hostages. When the war was over, he was elected Member of the Parliament from Ioannina with the Liberals Party in the Parliamentary Elections (31.3.1946) and he served as: Parliament Member, Deputy Minister and Minister of Supplies, Economy and Agriculture. From 1956 until 1963 he was elected Minister of Foreign Affairs, representing his country in the critical national issues of that period. After the restoration of Democracy (metapolitephsi), he became Minister of National Defense. Later, he was appointed Vice-president of the Government in the government of G. Rallis (29 June 1981 until October 1981), Leader of the Opposition (December 1981 - August 1984) and in 1984 he was elected Honorary President of the party of New Democracy.
 
He wrote short stories, novels, theatrical plays, essays and historical analyses. His work has been translated in many languages.
 
Social activities: he founded the Baron Michail – Tossizza Foundation and the Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza Foundation in Metsovo. As a benefactor and the driving force of the Foundations, he encouraged any activities related to the maintenance of folk tradition and the economic robustness of Metsovo, the village of his origin, for nearly 40 years. Through his initiative, many economic and social activities of public benefit came into being and flourished, contributing to the development of Metsovo and the surrounding area.
 

Towards the end of his life, he founded the Evangelos Averoff-Tossizza Foundation, which he endowed with his significant collection of Greek paintings of the 19th and the 20th century. The collection was housed in the modern, 3-storey building of the Averoff Art Gallery, which was built according to the traditional style of the area.


Rewards - Distinctions:

He received international acclaim and awards, such as the Gold Medal of the French Academy (1974), the Literary Award Acropolis (1978), etc.


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