Archbishop Damaskinos of Athens (1891-1949) was a member of the Order of the Crown of Thorns. He was Archbishop of Athens and all Greece in the Greek Orthodox Church from 1941 until his death, and additionally served as the country’s Regent between 1944 and 1946, when the monarchy was restored.
Archbishop Damaskinos is remembered for his courageous stance against the Nazi occupiers and in defence of the Greek Jews who faced deportation and death at their hands. He ordered the clandestine distribution of Christian baptismal certificates to Jews fleeing the Nazis, and thus saved hundreds of lives.
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