Grigoris Lambrakis participates in Marathon Race for Peace
1963

Grigoris Lambrakis participates in Marathon Race for Peace

A healthy mind in a healthy body. Grigoris Lambrakis took care of his mind as well as his body but also cared deeply about society. Being the 14th of 18 children, he learned at a very young age to share and support. He was an athlete, a doctor, and a politician. He made his mark in history by participating in the1963 Peace Marathon alone even though there were threats on his life. During the German occupation, he organized soup kitchens and protests to help the suffering people. He was assassinated by far-right extremists in May of 1963. Following his participation in a march for peace and nuclear disarmament in Thessaloniki, he was severely injured on the head with a crowbar. He died in the hospital four days later. His assassination led to Prime Minister Konstantinos Karamanlis' historical phrase, "Who is finally ruling this country?" The events of the assassination were documented in the book "Z" by Vassilis Vassilikos and the book-based movie by Kostas Gavras.