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“The sand was covered in bodies”: The shipwreck of the ORIA

One morning the shepherd Vangelis Dunas goes to the beach of Charakas and is confronted with a macabre image that haunts him to this day.
Dunas Vangelis
Interview by
Vlachos Stavros
  • Producer Stavros Vlachos
  • Sound Designer Dimitris Palaiogiannis
  • Sound Editor Dimitris Papadakis
  • Video Director Stefanos Bertakis
  • Voiceover Duncan Skinner

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On the night of February 12th, 1944, the ship "Oria" runs aground on the rocks of Patroclos, a tiny island off the coast of Sounio, and sinks.  Requisitioned by the Germans to transport Italian prisoners of war to the concentration camps, the ship is carrying more than 4,000 Italian soldiers -- almost all of whom drown below decks. Many years later the diver Aristotelis Zervoudis discovers the unknown history of the largest shipwreck ever to happen in the Mediterranean.

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