Italian wartime tragedy turned into play

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One of Italy's most controversial wartime tragedies, involving the sinking of a British ship carrying hundreds of internees across the North Atlantic, has been turned into a play.

The Arandora Star sailed from Liverpool on 30 June 1940, bound for Canada with hundreds of German and Italian "enemy aliens" on board, but it was sunk by a German U-boat off the Irish coast within days of starting out.

Of the 1,600 men on board, around 800 lost their lives, including more than 450 Italian internees who had been living in Britain and were rounded up as a potential Fifth Column security threat....

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