Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff
Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff
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Annotation: Documents the lesser-known tragic sinking of a World War II refugee ship that resulted in the deaths of more than 9,000 people, drawing on survivor interviews and newly declassified records to offer insight into how the sinking inspired little sympathy and was covered up by both Eastern and Western officials.
Genre: World history
Catalog Number: #5857192
Format: Paperback
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Copyright Date: 2014
Edition Date: 2014
Pages: xii, 236 pages
Availability: Available
ISBN: 1-13-727919-2
ISBN 13: 978-1-13-727919-4
Dewey: 940.53
LCCN: 2012030182
Dimensions: 23 cm.
Language: English
Bibliography Index/Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages [221]-227) and index.
Reading Level: 9.0
Interest Level: 9+

January 1945: the outcome of World War II has been determined. The Third Reich is in free fall as the Russians close in from the east. 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, three Soviet torpedoes strike it, inflicting catastrophic damage and throwing passengers into the frozen waters of the Baltic. More than 9,400 perished in the nightsix times the number lost on the Titanic. Yet as the Cold War started no one wanted to acknowledge the sinking. In Death in the Baltic, by drawing on interviews with survivors, as well as the letters and diaries of those who perished, award-wining author Cathryn Prince reconstructs this forgotten moment in history. She weaves these personal narratives into a broader story, finally giving this WWII tragedy its rightful remembrance.

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