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Death in the Baltic The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn Prince
  

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

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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

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Death in the Baltic The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn Prince

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 night - six times the number lost on the Titanic. Yet as the Cold War started no one wanted to acknowledge the sinking. 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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'Death in the Baltic is the winner of the Military Writers Society of America 2013 Founder's Award Based on German and Russian records, as well as material gained from interviews with survivors, author Prince has written a gripping account of one of the least-known human disasters of World War II.'

Military History Magazine


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 nonfiction. 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. She lives in Weston, CT.

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Publication date

5th August 2014

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Cathryn Prince

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Publisher

Palgrave Macmillan

Format

Paperback
256 pages

Categories

Second World War
20th century history: c 1900 to c 2000

ISBN

9781137279194

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