The Greek War Relief Association

Greek counter-offensive of 1940 at the Greek-Albanian border. Photo: General Staff of the Army

When Italy attacked Greece in October, 1940, the Greek-American community came to the rescue of the homeland by creating the Greek War Relief Association (GWRA) with headquarters based in New York.

The GWRA was founded by Greek businessmen, bankers and professionals with Spyros P.Skouras, who became president of 20th Century Fox in 1942; Tom Pappas owner of a supermarket chain; Harry Rekkas, a Chicago businessman; Evangelos Hardaloupas, a banker; TheodoreJ. Eliasco, a banker; Kyriakos P. Tsolainos, Founder of the Hellenic-American Chamber …

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