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Mrs Harris, Kingdown Karnegie

Salt to the Sea

I love the fact that this inspirational and, at times, heart breaking novel is based on a true story from the second World War and it was certainly an emotional rollercoaster! In early 1945 a group of people trek across Germany bound together by their desperation to reach the ship that can take them away from the advancing Red Army. Four young people from Lithuania, Prussia, Poland and Germany, each haunted by their own dark secret, narrate their own stories and as each, short chapter is dedicated to one of them, you really get to know the characters. They come to rely on each other on their journey to the port. The German ship, the Wilhelm Gustloff, which represented freedom and safety, sank in port in 1945 after being torpedoed by the Russians. It had on board over 9000 refugees, including children,and nearly all of these were drowned. I knew nothing about this disaster and I think it's an important novel in terms of making readers aware of some of the lesser known events of WW2.

Posted on: 3rd April 2017 at 01:00 pm

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