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Ucieczka z Gdanska

By Krutein, Eva
(Escape from Gdansk)
1999, Agencja Wydawnicza, Warsaw
ISBN 8386245492
Paperback, 270 pages
book is in Polish language

Descripton: In the last months of World War II, the Baltic Sea was infested with Soviet submarines targeting German refugee ships. Eva's War is a powerful tale of war seen through the eyes of a woman. It describes the escape of a young mother and her baby on the ocean liner Deutschland with more than 10,000 women, children and U-boat personnel aboard. A Soviet submarine torpedoes the Wilhelm Gustloff nearby, drowning more than 6,000 people in the icy waters. After a fearful time the ship lands in Kiel and 10,000 people are put ashore. The chaotic life in destroyed cities, camps or cellars during nighttime air raids until the end of the war is interrupted by the unexpected meeting with her husband, coming from Saint Nazaire, France. The last weeks of war are recounted and the fight for survival in a defeated country. The destruction of the German shipbuilding industry is reported in detail as well as the start of the first new private shipyard out of the debris of the Naval shipyards. Reads like romantic fiction, yet has the genuine ring of historical truth.

- This book has been translated from another language.