Death in the Baltic

Death in the Baltic

Author: Cathryn J. Prince

Publisher: St. Martin's Press

Published: 2013-04-09

Total Pages: 256

ISBN-13: 1137333561

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The worst maritime disaster ever occurred during World War II, when more than 9,000 German civilians drowned. It went unreported. 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 and the passengers sigh in relief, 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.


Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea

Author: Ruta Sepetys

Publisher: Penguin

Published: 2017-08-01

Total Pages: 450

ISBN-13: 0142423629

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#1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Carnegie Medal! "A superlative novel . . . masterfully crafted."--The Wall Street Journal Based on "the forgotten tragedy that was six times deadlier than the Titanic."--Time Winter 1945. WWII. Four refugees. Four stories. Each one born of a different homeland; each one hunted, and haunted, by tragedy, lies, war. As thousands desperately flock to the coast in the midst of a Soviet advance, four paths converge, vying for passage aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a ship that promises safety and freedom. But not all promises can be kept . . . This paperback edition includes book club questions and exclusive interviews with Wilhelm Gustloff survivors and experts.


Sea of Death

Sea of Death

Author: Claes-Göran Wetterholm

Publisher: History Press

Published: 2021-02-23

Total Pages: 320

ISBN-13: 9780750995078

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The story of the worst ship disasters in history, of ships sunk in the Baltic between January and May 1945


Women and Violence in Ancient Greece

Women and Violence in Ancient Greece

Author: Daisy Santos Belfield

Publisher:

Published: 2020-06

Total Pages: 262

ISBN-13: 9781910461310

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Dawson and Lucy are working for MI6 to protect Viktor Nurmsalu, an inventor of cheap electricity. But Nurmsalu is killed, Dawson is kidnapped, Lucy is lost, and a hitman with a grudge is after them. It's mirth, mayhem and murder.


The Fleet that Had to Die

The Fleet that Had to Die

Author: Richard Hough

Publisher:

Published: 2000

Total Pages: 262

ISBN-13:

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"Richard Hough recounts the fleet's extraordinary seven-month journey from the Baltic to the Far East, which eventually became a mission of heroic futility when Port Arthur, and with it the entire Russian Pacific Fleet, fell. As Admiral Rozhestvensky's fleet lumbered through the Straits of Tsushima towards Vladivostok on 27 May 1905, the Japanese, in one of the most crushing naval victories of all time, utterly destroyed the Russian armada. The humiliating and total defeat of Russia was confirmed, giving rise to a new and dynamic superpower in the East."--BOOK JACKET.


The Death of a Beautiful Subject

The Death of a Beautiful Subject

Author:

Publisher:

Published: 2016-04-05

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781910401064

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Haunting black and white photographs of moths, beetles and butterflies, presented alongside an essay by the artist.


Death in Danzig

Death in Danzig

Author: Stefan Chwin

Publisher: Harvill Secker

Published: 2005-03

Total Pages: 260

ISBN-13: 9780436205651

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A moving portrait of people in transition - between old and new, life and death. Germans flee the besieged city of Danzig in 1945. Poles driven out of eastern regions by the Russians move into the homes hastily abandoned by their previous inhabitants. In an area of the city graced with beech trees and a stately cathedral, the stories of old and new residents intertwine: Hanemann, a German and a former professor of anatomy, who chooses to stay in Danzig after the mysterious death of his lover; the Polish family of the narrator, driven out of Warsaw; and a young Carpathian woman who no longer has a country, her cheerful nature concealing deep wounds. Through his brilliantly defined characters, stunning evocation of place, and memorable description of remnants of a world that was German but survives in Polish households, Chwin has created a reality that is beyond destruction.


Between Giants

Between Giants

Author: Prit Buttar

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

Published: 2015-03-24

Total Pages: 0

ISBN-13: 9781472807496

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With the exception of Poland, no region or territory suffered more greatly during World War II than the Baltic States. Caught between the giants of the Soviet Union and the Third Reich, Latvia, Lithuania, and Estonia became pawns in the desperate battle for control of Eastern Europe throughout the course of World War II. This is a story of conquest and exploitation, of death and deportation and the fight for survival both by countries and individuals. The three states were repeatedly occupied -- by the Soviet Union in 1939, by Germany in 1941, and again by the Soviet Union in 1944-45. In each case, local government organizations and individuals were forced to choose between supporting the occupying forces or forming partisan units. Many would be caught up in the bitter fighting in the region and, in particular, in the huge battles for the Courland bridgehead during Operation Bagration when hundreds of thousands of soldiers would fight and die in the last year of the war. Over 300,000 Soviet troops would be lost during the repeated assaults on the 'Courland Cauldron' before 146,000 German and Latvia troops were finally forced to surrender. No mercy was shown and all Latvians, Lithuanians, and Estonians who fought for Germany were executed. By the end of the war, death and deportation had cost the Baltic States over 20 percent of their total population and the iron curtain would descend on the region for over four decades. Using numerous first-hand accounts and detailed archival research, Prit Buttar weaves a magisterial account of the bitter fighting on the Eastern Front and the three small states whose fates were determined by the fortunes and misfortunes of war.


Sea of Death

Sea of Death

Author: Claes-Göran Wetterholm

Publisher: The History Press

Published: 2021-02-23

Total Pages: 400

ISBN-13: 0750996986

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Amid the turmoil of the dying days of the Second World War, a series of ships were sunk in the Baltic. These terrible disasters add up to be the greatest loss of life ever recorded at sea, but the stories of these ships have been lost from view. While everyone recognises the name Titanic, the names Cap Arcona, Goya, General von Steuben and Thielbek draw little more than blank stares. Claes-Göran Wetterholm brings the horror of these tragic events to life in this gripping study, first published in Swedish, as he collates the unknown stories of four major shipping disasters, the most terrible in history. Combining archive research with interviews with survivors and the relatives of those who died, Wetterholm vividly conveys his experiences of meeting many witnesses to a forgotten and horrifying piece of history.