GKEKOS Georgios I., He Epistrophe. Agonistes tou A. Ypselante ston dromo gia ten Hellada 1822/1823
An original research, based on mostly unpublished material, on the fate of those fighters of Alexander Ypsilantis who survived the lethal battles of the uprising in Moldavia and Wallachia in 1821. Many of them found refuge in Odessa. From there they started their dramatic journey of homecoming to Greece. Their destination port was Marseilles, from where they were going to embark and sail to the Aegean Sea. Their path was beset by enormous difficulties. The fugitives, in rags and starving, were exposed to the harsh winter elements. Many of them succumbed to these conditions while trying to make their way through Russia, Poland and Germany. Upon reaching Switzerland their journey was stalled by the policy of the Great Powers. France effectively blocked their route.
Swiss individuals and groups, organized in more than 100 philhellene associations, offered them hospitality and shelter in various cantons, where they were met with touching support from the citizens, the church, and the press. Philhellenes described in various publications of the era the daily lives of their guests. In their testimonies, which are presented here in Greek translation, they recorded stories and names of the fugitives, as well as their fight for freedom. Finally, France gave in, and in 1823, after a 3.000 km long journey, the surviving fighters reached Marseilles where 158 of them boarded three ships. Their dream of homecoming became reality…