Alexandros Koryzis

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Alexandros Koryzis
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131st Prime Minister of Greece
In office
January 29, 1941 – April 18, 1941
Monarch George II
Preceded by Ioannis Metaxas
Succeeded by Emmanouil Tsouderos
Personal details
Born 1885
Poros, Greece
Died April 18, 1941(1941-04-18)
Athens, Greece

Alexandros Koryzis (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Κορυζής, 1885 – April 18, 1941) was the Prime Minister of Greece briefly in 1941.

He assumed this role on January 29, 1941, when his predecessor, the dictator Ioannis Metaxas died, during the Greco-Italian War. Prior to this, he was governor of the Bank of Greece. Although largely powerless, as the government was effectively controlled by King George II, he still bore the burden of the German invasion which commenced on April 6 of the same year. Less than two weeks later, on April 18, as German troops marched towards Athens and the city was placed under martial law, he committed suicide by shooting himself.[1] The cause of his death was initially reported to be a heart attack, probably to avoid causing mass panic in Athens.

He was originally from the small island of Poros in Greece, where a museum dedicated to his life and contribution exists today.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thermopylae Stand Expected by Nazis". The Milwaukee Star-Journal (Milwaukee). April 20, 1941. p. 1. Archived from the original on April 20, 1941. Retrieved June 17, 2009. 
Preceded by
Ioannis Metaxas
Prime Minister of Greece
January 29, 1941 - April 18, 1941
Succeeded by
Emmanouil Tsouderos