Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Damned Don't Drown: The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff” as Want to Read:
The Damned Don't Drown: The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

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

3.71  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  6 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)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Damned Don't Drown, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Damned Don't Drown

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

Showing 1-44
3.71  · 
Rating details
 ·  14 ratings  ·  6 reviews


Filter
 | 
Sort order
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 2000
...more
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
...more
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
Paul
rated it really liked it
Jun 02, 2018
Linda
rated it liked it
Nov 04, 2009
Iwona
rated it really liked it
Jul 21, 2015
Becky
rated it really liked it
Oct 16, 2017
Timothy Abbott
rated it it was amazing
Sep 06, 2014
John
rated it it was ok
Oct 06, 2014
Erika Tedder
rated it really liked it
May 09, 2017
Christopher
rated it it was amazing
Jul 25, 2014
Puksisinsh
marked it as to-read
Dec 16, 2009
Matt
marked it as to-read
Feb 24, 2010
Jarrod
marked it as to-read
Apr 18, 2010
Becky
marked it as to-read
Jan 01, 2013
Jen
marked it as to-read
May 28, 2013
Lilo
added it
Nov 19, 2013
James Bowman
marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2014
Sabrina The Book Lover
marked it as to-read
Nov 26, 2014
Becca
marked it as to-read
Nov 26, 2015
Ashwise
marked it as to-read
Dec 28, 2015
Michelle
marked it as to-read
Jan 16, 2016
Julia
marked it as to-read
Jan 19, 2016
Amanda F.
marked it as to-read
Feb 12, 2016
Anna-rose Klingenstein
marked it as to-read
Mar 05, 2016
Lacey
marked it as to-read
Mar 13, 2016
Debbie Handley
marked it as to-read
Mar 21, 2016
Cheryl Jones
marked it as to-read
Apr 16, 2016
Maria Bascom
marked it as to-read
May 17, 2016
Karla
marked it as to-read
May 26, 2016
Sarah
marked it as to-read
Jun 10, 2016
Beth
marked it as to-read
Jul 19, 2016
Jesse
marked it as to-read
Aug 05, 2016
Samantha
marked it as to-read
Aug 17, 2016
Debbie Bryson
marked it as to-read
Aug 31, 2016
BookDB
marked it as to-read
Sep 22, 2016
Renata
marked it as to-read
Oct 09, 2016
Ana
marked it as to-read
Nov 06, 2016
Mary Kate
marked it as to-read
Dec 07, 2016
Stephanie
marked it as to-read
Dec 30, 2016
SR
added it
Jan 02, 2017
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »