In late January of 1945,with the Alliedvictory imminent, nearly 10,000 German refugees attempted to flee the advancing Red Army aboard the Wilhelm Gustloff, a cruise liner-turned-escape ship. As the ship set sail in the dark of night, three torpedoes from a Soviet submarine struck the boat, causing catastrophic damage, andthrowing women, children, the elderly, and wounded soldiers into the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea. When a few hours later first light broke,over 9,000 people had drowned in one of the worst maritime disasters of all time. For 65 years, both East and West kept this story hidden. The drowned were citizens of the future East Germany and part of the Soviet Bloc. And the German victims inspired little sympathy in the West. In Death in the Baltic, award winning author Cathryn Prince reconstructs the story of unimaginable horror by drawing on original interviews with ten remaining survivors and newly declassified records. Weaving the personal narratives into the broader history, she finally gives this WWII tragedy its place in history. "The story of the worst maritime disaster in history...Prince has scoured the planet for survivors, treating their harrowing stories with gentle empathy, from the first sickening bolts of the torpedoes to the chaos and terror of the ship's swift sinking as passengers fell into the freezing water, clambered for lifeboats and watched loved ones disappear in the tumult... An engaging study of a shocking tragedy."--"Kirkus Reviews""If you think that the sinking of the Titanic was the worst maritime disaster ever, then you're wrong....Amazing and harrowing story, well written and documented."--"Jean-Paul Adriaansen, Water Street Bookstore""The sinking of the cruise liner that was once the pride of Hitler's Strength Through Joy program has long been overlooked by maritime historians. Yet when the "Wilhelm Gustloff "disappeared beneath the freezing waters of the Baltic in January of 1945, she took with her more than six times the number of people lost on the "Titanic. "Through careful research and interviews with the few remaining survivors. Cathryn J. Prince vividly recreates the chaos and terror of this epic maritime disaster."--Hugh Brewster, author of "Gilded Lives, Fatal Voyage: The Titanic's First-Class Passengers And Their World"""Death in the Baltic" is the engrossing story of a tragedy that should never have been forgotten. With the grace of a writer who truly feels the loss of thousands in the cold waters of the Baltic Sea, Cathryn J. Prince has preserved their memory and improved our sense of history."--Gregory A. Freeman, author of "The Forgotten 500""Cathryn Prince reaches into the dark corners of history, and draws attention to this unreported tragedy through the experiences of the people who lived it."--Stacy Perman, author of "A Grand Complication""With "Death in the Baltic"""author Cathryn J. Prince recounts an important but little known aspect of World War II. Rich in detail, drama, and tragedy, Prince's gripping narrative skillfully int.