For the Record

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Over the years, incorrect biographical information about Iakovos Kambanellis has been disseminated and, through constant repetition, these inaccuracies have prevailed. In this section we will attempt to correct the record.

  • Iakovos Kambanellis was born in 1921 and not 1922 as is often stated. He himself would frequently say that he was proud to have been born 100 years after the beginning of the Greek War of Independence.
  • Upon moving from Naxos to Athens, the family settled in Metaxourgeio and not Nikaia.
  • He was not Jewish.
  • In the interest of the truth, it is necessary to clarify the historical record by stating that he did not participate in the National Resistance during the Axis Occupation of Greece. As much as he would have liked to, it was impossible for him to do so since he was a prisoner in Mauthausen from 1942-1945.
  • He was married to Niki Ioannidou and not Tania Savvopoulou.
  • The reason why his play, The Neighborhood of Angels, was never published is not because, as some have suggested, thinking it an inferior work, he quietly shelved it, but because he himself thought that it had been lost. Research conducted at the Lilian Voudouri Musical Library in 2012, however, at the suggestion of Mr. G. Pefanis, Professor of Theatre Studies, to whom we are grateful, revealed its existence. It was thus deemed essential to include it in the last volume of Theatre: Complete Works~Volume 9, which was released in May 2014 by Kedros Publishers, along with the much later works, The Penal Colony and Mr. Thomas’s Difficult Nights

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