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Street named after Sofia Vembo

    Sofia Vembo (b. Gallipoli, Ottoman Empire, 1910 – d. 1978, Athens, Greece) began her career in Thessaloniki in the early 1930s where she began to record romantic songs for the Columbia company, achieving fame because of her distinctly sonorous contralto voice. Her reputation, however, skyrocketed after the Italian attack on Greece on 28 October 1940, when her performance of patriotic and satirical songs became a major inspiration for the fighting soldiers, as well as the people at large for whom she quickly became a folk heroine. Following the German invasion and occupation of the country in April 1941, she was transported to the Middle East, where she continued to perform for the Greek troops in exile. Because of her role in the war and her efforts during the Axis occupation, she was awarded the rank of Major in the Greek Army.

    Address : Sofia Vembo Avenue, Glyfada, Athens

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