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Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea is a timely book dealing with refugees and exposing a long-overlooked part of World War 2 history. The book is written from the viewpoint of four alternating characters and was a bit confusing at the beginning. Joanna and Emilia are very similar in that both are almost too good to be true. Joanna is the nurse, constantly looking out for the welfare of others and Emilia is an innocent Pole. Likewise the two German men, Florian and Alfredo seem throughly unlikeable at the beginning, but only as the story develops do we realise that both are running and seeking refuge from their pasts.
This is a meticulously researched book which covers the Eastern Front during World War 2. History tends to focus on Western Europe and North Africa, ignoring the roles and suffering of the USSR/Russia, Poland and Eastern European nations. With the world now focussed on 'Fake news' and 'alternative facts' and accusations that the media is selective about what it reports, it is not surprising we knew nothing about the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff until now.

Posted on: 5th June 2017 at 12:59 pm

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