The President of the Hellenic Republic, Karolos Papoulias, gave an honorary award to professor Maria Efthimiou, professor of History and Archeology at the University of Athens.
Maria Efthimiou teaches World History and Greek History of the Turkish occupation period. During the past seven years she teaches history in Municipalities, cultural centers, jails and rehabilitation centers, taking part in the free education that the University of Athens offers. Up to now, she has taught more than 15 thousand students.
The ceremony at the Old Parliament building, is dedicated to the two researchers, Vassilis Xanthopoulos and Stefanos Pnevmatikos, who unexpectedly were killed while teaching in 1990 at the University of Crete in Herakleion. The two professors were assassinated while teaching, when a graduate student went into the classroom and killed them. The student right after the incident committed suicide.