… I was weakening because of hypothermia. I grabbed a little sheet-metal raft and tried to keep swimming away from the suction. I was about 50 yards away from the Gustloff and saw the forecastle was already halfway underwater. The stern began to show itself. Hundreds of people were still there, desperately screaming in mortal fear. The ship sank faster and faster. Then suddenly, a deadly silence. The Wilhelm Gustloff had slipped beneath the waves, carrying most of the passengers with her. The greatest and most terrifying naval catastrophe had lasted about 50 minutes. – Oberbootsmannsmaat Karl Hoffmann, Wilhelm Gustloff

The sinking of the Gustloff and Stueben have remained enigmas of war. The stories, just as the wrecks, have remained shrouded in the depths since 1945. Details …

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