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The Damned Don't Drown: The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  16 ratings  ·  7 reviews
In 1945 a heavily overloaded cruise liner with some 6,500 fleeing Germans was torpedoed. This finely written book recounts the disaster.
Paperback, 159 pages
Published May 28th 1996 by US Naval Institute Press (first published May 1996)
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Dem
Mar 08, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ww2
After reading and loving Salt to the Sea Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys a fictional account of The Sinking Of The Wilhelm Gustloff I was eager to source a copy of The Damned Don't Drown written in 1973 by Arthur V. Sellwood. I had a difficult job getting a copy but finally sourced a hardback copy in at Kennys.ie used books and was suprised when it arrived with its libary stamps dating back to 1977.

The Damned dont drown is an account of The Sinking of The Wilhelm Gustloff, a cruise ship that was designed to carry approx 2
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Mike Robbins
Apr 02, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: post-war
At lunchtime on January 30 1945 a large German cruise liner, the Wilhelm Gustloff, left the port of Gotenhafen (now Gdynia in Poland) bound for Kiel in western Germany. She was laden with thousands of German refugees fleeing from the Red Army’s advance into East Prussia. It was beginning to snow and very cold. Just after 9pm, about 12 miles off the coast of Pomerania, the Gustloff was torpedoed by a Soviet submarine. She sank in less than an hour. It was the worst disaster in maritime history. T ...more
Eric_W
Dec 06, 2008 rated it really liked it
One of the worst disasters ever took place in 1945 in the Baltic Sea just twelve miles off the coast of Germany. The German cruise ship, Wilhelm Gustloff had been ordered to take evacuees from the port of Danzig. The thousand-year Reich was collapsing some 980 years ahead of schedule as the Russians moved east with ferocious speed. The port of Danzig had become crossroads attracting refugees fleeing the Russian menace. The ship was unprepared for such an influx of passengers.

She had been conver
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Zella Kate
I tried to read Salt to the Sea earlier this year and disliked the author's writing style so much I gave up after a few chapters. But the historical backdrop event--the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff--did intrigue me, so I ordered this book instead.

This book wasn't perfect--the writing style was occasionally over-the-top, there are no citations, and it is relatively brief--but it is a gripping, harrowing read. The author does a good job of capturing the anxiety of the ship's many passengers, m
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Tomi
Mar 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not bad, really more 2.5 stars. Very melodramatic writing style.
Denise Spicer
Mar 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Gripping disaster story about the World War II ship Wilhelm Gustloff that was torpedoed by the Russians. The loss of lie in the horrific aftermath of a night in the Baltic Seas was one of the worst ever. A story of heroism and heartbreak this ranks up there with the Titanic for sheer frozen terror.
Maren Johnson
Not my favorite of all books pertaining to the Gustloff. It was beautifully written though
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