The winner of the 2013 Military Writers Society of America Founder's Award, Death in the Baltic: The World War II Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff by Cathryn J. Prince, reconstructs the worst maritime disaster ever to occur during World War II. The book will be the subject of a special History Book Group online discussion hosted by Bethel's Byrd's Books on Thursday, December 10th, 7:30pm to 9:00pm.
More than 9,400 perished—six times the number lost on the Titanic. “In describing the experiences of survivors, whom she has been adept in tracing, the journalist Cathryn Prince gives voices to ‘ordinary people who suffered during extraordinary times' -- and does so with scrupulous empathy,” notes The Spectator. Byrd's Books is pleased to have the opportunity to share the award-winning author's intimate interviews with survivors, as well as the letters and diaries of those who perished, as she weaves these personal narratives into a broader story, finally giving this WWII tragedy its rightful remembrance.
As a journalist and author of several nonfiction history books, Cathryn J. Prince revels in "Keeping History Fresh", and her History Book Group appearance, to which all are invited, continues her engaging desire to share the human side of history with enthusiasm and a unique style. To join in this free Zoom event, click here.
For years Prince was a contributing correspondent to The Christian Science Monitor. While in Switzerland she covered the Nazi Gold Crisis, the United Nations, the World Trade Organization, the Swiss Parliament, and a wire tapping scandal. She also got to write about cow fights and chocolate. A Visiting Assistant Professor in Journalism at SUNY-Purchase, Prince also reports for The Times of Israel. Prince holds a B.A. from The Elliot School of International Affairs, The George Washington University; an M.S. from The Graduate School of Journalism, Columbia University; and an M.A. in American Studies from Fairfield University.
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