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Arandora Star, by Maria Serena Balestracci
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ARANDORA STAR
Dall'oblio alla memoria
From Oblivion to Memory
(bilingual)

2nd July 1940, 6.58 a.m.: the British liner Arandora Star is sunk by a German submarine in the Atlantic Ocean.

A tiny chapel in a village cemetery in the Parma Apennines commemorates the victims of the disaster, including 446 Italian civilians who had settled many years before the war in Great Britain and were being deported to Canada on the ship.

Why was such a tragedy allowed to happen, and why is the story so little known in Italy? This book is an attempt to answer these questions, approaching the story from two different but linked points of view: the history of the events of 1940, complemented by the accounts of survivors and of the victims' families, together with previously unpublished photographs of the rescue operations; and the personal perspective of the author, a sort of diary describing the many meetings, journeys, coincidences and small but vitally important events thanks to which it became possible to 'rediscover' the tragic story of the Arandora Star.

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