Death in the Baltic

Death in the Baltic

The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff

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January, 1945. With the Third Reich in free fall, Berlin plans an eleventh-hour exodus for the German civilians trapped in the Red Army's way. More than 10,000 women, children, sick, and elderly pack aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a former cruise ship. Soon after the ship leaves port and the passengers sigh in relief, three Soviet torpedoes strike it. More than 9,400 perished in the night-- six times the number lost on the Titanic-- and no one wanted to acknowledge the sinking. Prince reconstructs this forgotten moment in history, finally giving this tragedy its rightful remembrance.
Draws on survivor interviews and newly declassified records to offer insight into the sinking of the World War II refugee ship that killed over nine thousand people, an incident that was covered up by both Eastern and Western officials.
Published: New York :, Palgrave Macmillan,, 2013.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9780230341562
023034156X
Branch Call Number: 940.5316 PRI
Characteristics: xii, 236 pages :,illustrations, maps ;,25 cm

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Oct 08, 2013

The voices of the survivors speak from one of the worst and tragic ship sinkings during the Second World War.

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