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Athens, commemoration of the sinking of the steamer “Oria”

A ceremony commemorating the victims of the steamer ‘Oria’, which sank on February 12, 1944 off the coast of Attica, near the island of Patroklos, was held yesterday, February 20, at the Monument commemorating these honourable victims, located at kilometre 60 of the Athens-Sounion coastal road.

On the ship there were over 4,000 Italian military prisoners, who had refused to collaborate with the Nazi troops and to join the Italian Social Republic and, for that reason, were destined for the Nazi concentration camps. Crammed into the hold of the steamer, the soldiers died, due to a storm, in the worst shipwreck in modern Mediterranean history, the 78th anniversary of which was celebrated.

The commemoration ceremony was attended, among others, by the Italian Ambassador in Athens, Patrizia Falcinelli, the Mayor of Saronikos and the President of the Cultural Association, Chrissi Tomi of Keratea.