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Life Will Smile; An excellent and honest documentary

In October 2017, a highly anticipated documentary called Life Will Smile was released. This piece, filmed on the island of Zakynthos, was a brave documentary about the life of the islands Jewish population during WW2. The story of the Zakynthian Jews during the Second World War, has become a well …

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Zakynthos Books! Celebrate World Book Day.

Today is World Book Day, and books aren’t normally something people think of when they talk about Zakynthos. Usually they think great food, blue seas and beautiful views; a place to share a weeks holiday with family and friends, to explore and immerse in the Greek culture. Many don’t realise …

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National OXI Day, 28 October

National OXI day is one of the most important historical dates in the Greek calendar, not just for Zakynthians, but for Greeks worldwide. Every year it is remembered and traditionally celebrated, staying firmly in the hearts and minds of Greeks everywhere. But what is National OXI day? The 28 October …

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26 September 1943; Remembering Kefalonia’s loss

Like Zakynthos Kefalonia was also affected during WW2. Their biggest tragedy is now remembered by a monument erected on the island, to commemorate around nine thousand Italian soldiers from the Acqui division who died at the hands of the Germans. Some were also removed from the island and taken to …

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The sinking of HMS Perseus

It was 10pm on 06 December 1941 when the submarine HMS Perseus struck an Italian sea mine in the waters between Zakynthos and Kefalonia. The country was already under Axis rule in the grip of World War Two, and both Ionian islands were under Italian rule, and watchful for enemy …

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Respects are paid to Lilley Karrer

Many are aware of the heroic story of how the islands Jewish population were saved during WW2. One of the heroes of that story, Mayor Karrer, went on to survive the war and continued to live out his life with his wife Lilley and their children. Today it has been …

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The Resort of Vasilikos

At the south-eastern tip of Zakynthos, around fifteen km from Zakynthos Town is the Vasilikos peninsula. Unlike other Zakynthos resorts, Vasilikos is a group of small villages including Agios Ioannis, Ano Vasilikos and Vasilikos itself. Accommodation in Vasilikos is plentiful, made up of a mix of apartments, hotels, studios and …

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A Treacherous and murderous past

As holidaymakers touch down on the island of Zakynthos they see an idyllic green land filled with olive and cypress trees, and a coastline that’s hugged by crystal turquoise seas, just waiting to be explored, but it hasn’t always been that way. Whilst it has always been a green, verdant …

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