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Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff

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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 Armys 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 night—six 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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“In describing the experiences of survivors, whom she has been adept in tracing, Cathryn Prince gives voices to ‘ordinary people who suffered during extraordinary times — and does so with scrupulous empathy.”—The Spectator

About the Author

Cathryn J. Prince is the author of A Professor, a President, and a Meteor: The Birth of American Science, for which she won the Connecticut Press Club's 2011 Book Award for non-fiction. She is also the author of Burn the Town and Sack the Banks: Confederates Attack Vermont! and Shot from the Sky: American POWs in Switzerland. She worked as a correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor in Switzerland and in New York, where she covered the United Nations. Prince covers the Connecticut State House for Patch.com.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Chapter One: “You Have to Go On This Ship”

Chapter Two: Hitlers Hostages: Life in the Eastern Territories 

Chapter Three: Operation Hannibal and the Crown of the Fleet--the Wilhelm Gustloff

Chapter Four: “We Knew We Had to Get Out”

Chapter Five: Saving a Scuttled Reputation

Chapter Six: Battle for the Baltic

Chapter Seven: Chaos on Deck

Chapter Eight: Plummeting to the Sea Floor

Chapter Nine: The Little Red Sweater

Chapter Ten: Forgotten Story

Chapter Eleven: “We Had To Get Over It”

Appendix

Bibliography

Product Details

ISBN:
9781137279194
Author:
Prince, Cathryn
Publisher:
Palgrave MacMillan Trade
Author:
Prince, Cathryn J.
Subject:
Russia (pre & post Soviet Union)
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Europe - Baltic States
Subject:
Military-World War II General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20140831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Includes one 8-page black-and-white phot
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in 1 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Military » Naval History
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » Europe » Nautical
History and Social Science » Military » World War II » General
History and Social Science » Russia » General Russian History
History and Social Science » World History » Eastern Europe
History and Social Science » World History » Germany » General

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