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Voyage of the Damned: A shocking true story of hope, betrayal & Nazi terror Paperback – 25 Apr 2009


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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: JR Books Ltd (25 April 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190677904X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1906779047
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,239,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Probably the last great untold spy story to come out of the eve of World War II. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gordon Thomas is a bestselling author of 40 books published worldwide, a number dealing with the intelligence world, including Gideon's Spies and Secrets and Lies (both JR Books). His awards include the Citizens Commission for Human Rights Lifetime Achievement Award for Investigative Journalism and an Edgar Allan Poe Award for Investigation. He lives in Ireland.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 8 Mar. 2012
Format: Paperback
I first read this book when it was first published and was captivated by it. Now, over thirty five years later, I decided to read it again. Time has not diminished the power of the narrative to keep the reader riveted to its pages.

This well-researched and superbly written work of non-fiction details the story of the voyage to end all voyages, that of the 1939 sailing of the SS St. Louis. This ship, laden with nine hundred and thirty seven German Jews, was scheduled to go to Cuba. There, the passengers believed, they would disembark, finding surcease from the horror of the Nazi regime and its policies against Jews. It was to be their last chance dance. Unfortunately, everyone, including the Captain of the ship, had been sadly misinformed.

What happened when the passengers arrived in Cuba triggered an international crisis that would not reflect well on the world at large. Captain Gustav Shroeder, in whose veins ran the milk of human kindness, vowed not to return his passengers to Germany, where he surmised the fate that would await them. He did this, even though it was apparent to him that there were Gestapo agents aboard his ship.

The voyage of the SS St. Louis was to capture the attention of the world. Unfortunately, too little was to be done too late to forestall the eventual final solution that the Nazis had in mind. This book, however, chronicles the triumph of the human spirit at a time when there was little over which to rejoice. It is a book that should be read by all those interested in history, as well as those who are interested in a remarkable true story that almost defies belief. Indeed, truth is sometimes stranger than fiction.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Joan K. Horbury on 18 May 2009
Format: Mass Market Paperback
As one who was born not long after the end of WW2 I thought I knew most of the relevant events that occurred upto, during and after these events. However, I have to confess that I knew nothing of this true story. What courage and tenacity was shown by both the Jews and their German ship officers. But how appalling the conduct of European countries and the US. A very thought provoking, superbly researched and written book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 18 May 2014
Format: Hardcover
This the very moving and evocative account of (first published in 1974) of 937 Jews who had managed to gae exit permission froM Germany in May !939 to sail on the St.Louis to Cuba but by the time they got there the Government had changed and they were refused permissiuon to land (except a few).
The boat then went to Miami but again no landing was allowed and the ship returned to Antwerp where the passengers disembarked and dispersed to U.K.,France,Belgium and Holland but many ended up back in the hands of the Gestapo.
This book has magnificent details including illustrations,passenger lists and many,many personal accounts.
A truely remarkable book that demonstrates the good,bad and indifferance of humanity.
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