HE Kate Smith (British Ambassador to Greece), “Gennadios in London”
Ioannis Gennadios was an exceptional figure of Western diplomacy. Living in London for a period spanning seventy years he penetrated into British customs and character always remaining a great Greek patriot. From 1862, when he first set foot in London to 1932, when he died there, Gennadios shared his time between London and Greece and lived all the excitement and drama of British and Greek history from the eve of the ceding of the Ionian Islands to Greece to the aftermath of the 1929 crisis. He used his City contacts masterfully to help the Greek economy in the late 19th century. He greatly enjoyed London’s social and artistic life and lived through all the great city’s metamorphoses from the mid-19th century onwards. Most importantly, he bequeathed his extraordinary library to Greece, before his death. A great personality whose legacy of learning and mutual understanding between his two homelands is felt to this day.
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