ΚΑΛΑΒΡΥΤΑ 13/12/1943. ΔΕΝ ΘΑ ΞΕΧΑΣΟΥΜΕ ΠΟΤΕ, ΑΓΩΝΑΣ ΜΕΧΡΙ ΤΗΝ ΤΕΛΙΚΗ ΔΙΚΑΙΩΣΗ ΤΩΝ ΘΥΜΑΤΩΝ ΤΗΣ ΓΕΡΜΑΝΙΚΗΣ ΘΗΡΙΩΔΙΑΣ
Η τελευταία χήρα της σφαγής των Καλαβρύτων (The Last Widow – short film)
Η τελευταία εν ζωή χήρα της σφαγής των Καλαβρύτων, εξιστορεί τα γεγονότα της μεγαλύτερης σφαγής των Βαλκανίων κατά τον Δ.Π.Π.. Ποιοι προκάλεσαν, ποιοι σκότωσαν, ποιοι πρόδωσαν και ποιοι την πλήρωσαν..?
On December 13, 1943, members of the 117th Jaeger Division of Hitler’s Wermacht soldiers marched into the town of Kalavryta, Greece, located in the northern Peloponnese. Fueled by rumors that the townspeople had aided guerillas operating in the nearby mountains, the soldiers succeeded in carrying out the largest civilian massacre in the Balkans in WWII by executing all of the adult male inhabitants of the village.
The Last Widow is a short documentary film about the last surviving widow of the massacre at Kalavryta, Euthymia Vaya. Her husband was among the nearly 700 men killed that day. Vaya remained in the village after the massacre and continues to wear black clothes of mourning in honor of her husband, George. Having lost him after only three years of marriage at the age of 24, Vaya has lived the majority of her 88 years a widow.
The film follows Vaya for a few days as she shares her memories of what happened the morning of December 13. We accompany Vaya as she goes about her daily rituals: visiting the massacre memorial site, attending Liturgy at the local monastery, and lighting a candle at her husband’s grave.
This short documentary offers a deep and riveting insight into one woman’s tragic experience during WWII, and its affect on her life since. Her story speaks to all those who have experienced tragedy in war, and the possibilities of hope, reconciliation, and optimism.