Publisher description for Death in the Baltic : the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff / Cathryn J. Prince.


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In late January of 1945,_with the Allied_victory imminent,_nearly 10,000 German refugees attempted to flee the advancing Red Army aboard the_Wilhelm Gustloff, a cruise liner-turned-escape ship._As the ship set sail in the dark of night, three torpedoes from a Soviet submarine struck the boat, causing catastrophic damage, and_throwing women, children, the elderly, and wounded soldiers into the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea. When_a few hours later first light broke,_over 9,000 people had drowned in one of the worst maritime disasters of all time._For 65 years,_both_East and_West kept this story hidden. The drowned_were citizens of the future East Germany_and part_of the Soviet Bloc. And the_German victims inspired little sympathy in the West. In_Death in the Baltic,_award winning author Cathryn Prince reconstructs_the story of unimaginable_horror_by drawing on original interviews with remaining survivors and newly declassified records._Weaving the personal narratives into the broader history, she gives_this overlooked WWII_catastrophe its place in history._


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Wilhelm Gustloff (Ship)
Shipwrecks -- Baltic Sea -- History -- 20th century.
Germans -- Prussia, East (Poland and Russia) -- History -- 20th century.
Refugees -- Prussia, East (Poland and Russia) -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Evacuation of civilians -- Prussia, East (Poland and Russia)
Shipwreck victims -- Interviews.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Baltic Sea.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations -- Submarine.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Naval operations, Soviet.