The Wilhelm Gustloff

The World War 11 Sinking of the Ship Wilhelm Gustloff

The World War 11 Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff is the worst maratime disaster in the history of the world, with more fatalities then the Titanic and the Lusitania combined.
On January 30 1945, the ship Wilhelm Gustloff was filled with 9,600 German refugees fleeing the advancing Red Army. In the dead of this cold winter night the Soviet Submarine S-13 slammed three torpedoes into the Gustloff's side sending her to the bottom of the Baltic Sea, and taking 9,600 passeners and crew, over half of them children and infants to their graves. Though the Wilhelm Gustloff was a German ship with a prominant Nazi's name, most of those who were lost on that horrible night WERE NOT Nazis but homeless East Prussian refugees trying to get to safety.
To the world the fact the victims were German seems enough to condemn this unforgivable act to obscurity.

Our intent is to honor the 9,600 victims of the Gustloff disaster, and the few hundred that survived.

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The World War 11 Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff

Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn Prince (Author)

  • Price: $19.64
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; First Edition edition (April 9, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10 1137279192
  • ISBN-13 978-0230341562
  • Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 0.9 x 9.6 inches

Cathryn Prince breaks the silence around the devastating sinking of the ship, Wilhelm Gustloff, which caused more tha 9,000 East Prussian German civilians to lose their lives at the end of the war.
Parting the curtain on the “collateral damage” the Allied Forces accepted as a necessary strategy for defeating Hitler, this book present the grim facts. Out of a desire for vengeance and recognition, one Soviet submarine commander sank the ship, Wilhelm Gustloff, causing the deaths of thousands of East Prussian German refugees, deaths that the victors of World War II chose to ignore.
The true untold story of the most disastrous sea catastrophe, the sinking of the Willhelm Gustloff, is still unknown to a majority of non-Germans, and to many Germans as well.

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