The sinking of MV Wilhelm Gustloff was a “war crime” and indeed a “hate crime” of epic proportions, which the world media, court historians and justice officials have ignored, like so many others committed against Germans. Why? Because of blatant Anti-German propaganda. “German victims” does not fit with the standard narrative of the so-called “good war” and with the childish notion that most have been indoctrinated with of “good guys vs bad guys”. If at all mentioned or noticed, the information is quickly dismissed and forgotten as the years of mental programming overrides ones logic, human decency and compassion with a simplistic response “They were Germans. Who cares? They started the war, and whatever bad things happened to them, they had it coming!”
Thankfully, however, more and more are waking up and coming to the stark realization that they have been lied to all of their lives about virtually everything, including origins of World War II and the true agenda behind it. But for now, let’s focus on this catastrophe and the events which led up to it.
History’s Greatest Naval Disasters – The Little-Known Stories of the Wilhelm Gustloff, the General Steuben and the Goya
(an old IHR article from 1992 citing very old sources in terms of the data which is referenced, but still a good read nonetheless)
Excerpt: “Ignorance and even suppression of the facts of these marine disasters is part of the general ignorance in the United States about the great loss of life and terrible suffering endured by the German people during the Second World War, above all in the conflict’s grim final months. For the story of the unparalleled loss of life in the sinkings of these three German ships can be understood only within the context of the general situation during the final months of the war, when the advancing Soviet forces, eager to take terrible vengeance against the Germans, set in motion one of the greatest mass migrations in history.
It began in mid-October 1944, when Red Army forces first broke into German East Prussia. Spurred on by the hate filled calls to violence against Germans by Soviet Jewish propagandist Ilya Ehrenburg, Red Army troops systematically plundered and murdered Germans unfortunate enough to fall into their hands. 
One of the first towns taken by the Soviets was Nemmersdorf, in the Gumbinnen district of East Prussia. It was only because German forces succeeded in recapturing this town a short time later that the world was able to learn how Soviet troops had set about brutally raping females of all ages, and slaughtering the old men, women and children there. The fortunate ones were shot out of hand. Many were clubbed or hacked to death. After being raped, naked women were nailed to doors in crucifix positions. In one case, a group of refugees was crushed under Soviet tanks. 
German authorities lost no time in publicizing the horrifying results of the brief Soviet occupation. Journalists, including some from neutral Sweden, Switzerland and Spain, were quickly brought in to report on what had happened. Shocking newsreel footage from Nemmersdorf was shown in German motion picture theaters.
Panic-stricken civilians now desperately sought to escape falling into the hands of the advancing Soviets. As a result, during the final months of 1944 and early 1945, long columns of terrified refugees streamed into the towns and villages along the Bay of Danzig, all frantically waiting for boats that would take them to at least temporary refuge further to the west.
In light of all this, it was quickly decided in Berlin to organize a mass evacuation of civilians. As a result, between January 1945 and the capitulation on May 8, 1945, more than two million people — the great majority of them German civilians — were safely transported to the West. This second “Dunkirk,” which dwarfed many times over the British evacuation in 1940, was organized by Rear Admiral Konrad Engelhardt under the direction of Admiral Karl Dönitz, Commander-in-Chief of the German Navy.” continues here…
The Sinking of the Wilhem Gustloff
A 45 minute film produced by “Unsolved History” does an excellent job of investigating all of the facts and even attended the scene where the Gustloff went down with dive crews. They then engaged maritime disaster experts who, with state of the art technology, produced computer simulations, and included eyewitness testimony from some of the still living survivors from that fateful night. They prove that the previous estimates of the lives lost were far too low, and they also validate other sources I’ve read (as shown in my graphics) that put the total number of passengers at about 10,500 and they put the death toll at around 9,600 (slightly higher than my other sources).
Furthermore, their deep sea divers discovered a hitherto unknown and very chilling fact: the Soviets later added further insult to their victims, and by extension to all Germans, by later returning to the wreck, salvaging everything of value, and then setting off explosives inside the wreck to cover up their crimes!
Sadly, yet predictably, the makers of this documentary film found it necessary to include the usual Anti-German war propaganda demonizing Goebbels for having told the truth about Soviet atrocities that had been committed at places like Nemmersdorf to make it seem as though these German victims of deserved the revenge that an “out of control” Germany had brought upon herself. Nothing could be further from the truth! As I have documented, Hitler did not war and he did all he could to avoid through diplomatic means. The war was ultimately forced upon us Germans, and it is high time that the full and true history be told!
The makers of this film (like most others) either portray Goebbels as a liar, or as having exaggerated the facts of the Nemmersdorf Massacre and exploiting it for political gain, when in fact, he was doing is duty and all that he could to warn his people, to save the themselves, defend themselves and their nation against the beastly Soviet Red Army / Bolshevik hordes. He was also telling the world about these war crimes!
Simultaneously, they completely ignore what Soviet Propaganda Minister Ilya Ehrenburg was telling his troops about the Germans, and what he was ordering them to do the Germans. Like most historians, they also ignore the fact that the Soviet Union was not bound by the Geneva or Hague Conventions had a “licence to slaughter, rape and plunder, for which no one would ever hold them to account. And finally, they ignore the fact that thousands of refugees from Germany’s eastern frontiers were streaming westward and telling of horror stories with “first hand” as accounts. The word was spreading like wildfire even without assistance from Goebbels.
Soviet Troops were ordered by Ehrenburg to rape, murder and plunder
Picture: Ilya Ehrenburg, in the middle, with Soviet soldiers during WWII.
Ilja Ehrenburg, Soviet writer and propagandist was born 1891 in Kiev, and died 1976 in New Jerusalem (near Moscow). He was born to a Jewish family, which fled to Paris 1909, and then to the Soviet Union in 1918. He participated in the Spanish Civil War, and was the propagandistic trailblazer of the crimes committed by the Red Army in WW2 in Moscow.
It should be noted that Hitler’s Wehrmacht and Luftwaffe assisted Franco in defeating the bloody Bolsheviks in Spain, and liberating that nation from the communist menace. Is there any reason doubt that he would later seek revenge against the Germans for that defeat? It seems like a ‘no brainer’ to me!
The psychopathic Jewish-Soviet propagandist Ilya Ehrenburg wrote:
“The Germans are not human beings. From now on the word German means to use the most terrible oath. From now on the word German strikes us to the quick. We shall not speak any more. We shall not get excited. We shall kill. If you have not killed at least one German a day, you have wasted that day … If you cannot kill your German with a bullet, kill him with your bayonet. If there is calm on your part of the front, or if you are waiting for the fighting, kill a German in the meantime. If you leave a German alive, the German will hang a Russian and rape a Russian woman. If you kill one German, kill another — there is nothing more amusing for us than a heap of German corpses. Do not count days, do not count kilometers. Count only the number of Germans killed by you. Kill the German — that is your grandmother’s request. Kill the German — that is your child’s prayer. Kill the German — that is your motherland’s loud request. Do not miss. Do not let through. Kill.”
“Kill! Kill! In the German race there is nothing but evil; not one among the living, not one among the yet unborn but is evil! Follow the precepts of Comrade Stalin. Stamp out the fascist beast once and for all in its lair! Use force and break the racial pride of these German women. Take them as your lawful booty. Kill! As you storm onward, kill, you gallant soldiers of the Red Army.” (Hellstorm)
Does anyone have any lingering doubts about what his agenda was? Was it unreasonable for the Germans to have taken him at his word? And do you think his job finished when the Germans surrendered? Really? No, it carried on right through the Nuremberg show trials with evidence he and his agents presented. How much credibility should that have been given? Hmmm?
There would be no penalties for this injustice as it was all officially sanctioned.
Testimony of a Civilian Eyewitness and Victim of Soviet and Polish Atrocities:
Name: Marianne Gieraths, Maiden Name: Kriesner, was aged 14 in March of 1945
Residence: Zoppot/Free City of Danzig Frantzius Strasse
Time: Evening on March 23, 1945
“Born in Zoppot, in the Free City of Danzig on May 26, 1930, 14 years old, in March of 1945. At the time when Soviets, and the more than vicious Poles, violated our bodies, our integrity, our basic human rights, and subjected us innocent people to all kinds of indignities and bestialities, with great intent. As both, the Soviets and the Poles, raped us by a force so brutal, so inhumanly, again and again; by force, showing no mercy at all, not even to the infants.”
“For several weeks had we been cooped-up in our Air-raid shelter in our house, several families, about 50 people, a variety of neighbors from across the street, or even those from further afield had kept us company because they did not have any other shelter, any adequate protection, sleeping facilities, electricity, food or water in their own homes.
Life was not easy for the many women, children and young girls in the last few chaotic months, as they had to cope with ever worsening war-situation on their own, with no fit and able men around to help, comfort and assist us.
The cruel war had claimed them and so we felt very vulnerable as we were facing the immediate danger of Soviet-Russian invasion. The daily air raids and ever closer and louder rumble of the Russian war-machine, bombarding us.
Gruesome stories we had heard about the Communists, how they had behaved towards hapless refugees from East-Prussia.
A never ending stream of those hundreds of thousands of panic stricken, unfortunate people had poured into the territory of the Free City of Danzig, now under German military rule.
The Germans had warned us about the cruelty of the Red Army ever since the little village of Nemmersdorf in East-Prussia had changed hands several times in the autumn of 1944. When Nemmersdorf was finally recaptured before Christmas of 1944, there was more than ample evidence of the bestiality of the Soviets. They had nailed, in crucified fashion, innocent children and women to barn-doors and the like, had ripped their guts out and evidently had committed all kinds of other atrocities, had not only raped but had committed bestial acts of sodomy on all of the victims. The peasant male inhabitants of that tiny village in particular had received most cruel, unspeakable treatment from the Soviets, none of them had survived, and as to children and infants, they had their heads smashed in against brick walls, etc.
We’d have liked to believe it was only Nazi film-propaganda by the German authorities, but deep down in our hearts however we knew, by some sixth sense that it was no idle propaganda but very true. We knew then that we might be in for a very hard time if the Soviets would manage to get us alive.
Many people had left our town already, anyone who had the foresight, the connection or a relative, a destination in the west of Germany. They had left, out of fear for the Communist menace!
The feeling was that it would be much better, wise and more prudent to surrender to the mercy of any of the western, more civilized powers, than the communists….”
If you think you can handle reading the rest of her story, please continue reading here
An eyewitness report on the Nemmersdorf carnage:
Johann Walz, Hohenfels near Stockach, a German soldier whose unit had retreated and had been separated after heavy fighting coming from Tilsit via Nemmersdorf, witnessed the horrors. In the tumult of fighting his troop regrouped behind the village, and was sent out immediately with a reconnaissance unit. Regarding this event, while lying at the front next to a comrade, he wrote down notes of the terrible sights he had observed.
“From afar we witnessed how the ghastly massacre took place in Nemmersdorf. There was terrible screaming by women and children and in the light of fires we could see how the drunken Russians killed children on wagon wheels, cut off breasts of women and nailed them to the barn doors. Others had their hands chopped off. It was the most terrible thing you can imagine, this massacre in Nemmersdorf…”
American historian and diplomat George Kennan stated:
“The disaster that befell this area with the entry of the Soviet forces has no parallel in modern European experience. There were considerable sections of it where, to judge by all existing evidence, scarcely a man, woman or child of the indigenous population was left alive after the initial passage of Soviet forces … The Russians … swept the native population clean in a manner that has no parallel since the days of the Asiatic hordes.”
German military historian Joachim Hoffmann wrote:
“Killing as the most fatal offense happened in manifold ways and manners. Refugee columns were run down by tanks or shot down. Men – but also many women after being raped -, shot, bashed, or stabbed to death by tank drivers jumping down and by foot soldiers. Everywhere civilians were murdered, in houses and on roadways, sometimes they were also burnt alive in buildings, forest houses, barns or sheds. Men, who wanted to protect their women or daughters from being raped, were equally killed alongside the women, who defended themselves against violent deeds. Constantly we hear reports of sadistic sexual murders and at times even of rapes of already dead murder victims. In the course of a so-called “denazification” members of the NSDAP (National Socialist Worker’s Party) and their different branches were shot or other “Fascists”, so for example rural farmer leaders, often public servants and office holders of the civilian administration, and naturally members of the police, generally wearers of uniforms in the public service, no matter whether employed by Train, Postal, Fire Fighting, or Forestry Departments, as well as members of the Reich’s Workers Service or Organization Todt, beyond that very often so-called “Capitalists”, like proprietors of large farming estates, farmers, owners of shops, proprietors of houses, as well as anyone, like the Hitler youth, who were viewed in any manner as potential “guerrillas”, and very often inhabitants of houses, where German soldiers or weapons were found. Formal basis was the issued order Br 0016 of the NKVD of 16th January 1945 by the People’s Commissar for Internal Matters of the USSR, Berija. The Soviets shot or slew during the deportation of the “mobilized Germans” (mobilizovannych nemcev) all those who couldn’t keep up due to lack of strength, and in the torture dungeons of the NKVD many of the interrogated died through inhuman torture. At times, as the examples of Nemmersdorf 1944 and Metgethen 1945 proved, the whole population of whole villages, men, women, and children were simply only for the reason massacred because they were Germans. For the rampant carrying-ons of the stirred up Soviet soldiers there was no established rule.” (7)
One has to call it the afterwit of world history that just this Soviet Union was sitting next to the prosecutor at the so-called “IMT”, the revenge tribunal at Nuremberg, instead of having been charged.”
Now, if you can really handle the truth, please continue reading and SEE some of the gruesome atrocity pictures for yourself here.
There are also videos and documentaries about Nemmersdorf available on YouTube. All are in original German, however, they contain graphic footage and and eyewitness testimony from the surviving German soldiers, speaking long after the war ended, about the Soviet atrocities they observed, and which the world has ignored.
Remember the Wilhelm Gustloff
The loss of life on the Gustloff was more than six times the number of those who perished on the Titanic, and yet so few have even heard of this disaster.
I will NEVER accept that ANY German victims of the Allied War Crimes “had it coming to them” and I categorically REJECT that the helpless German victims of the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking were “victims of Joseph Goebbels” and of “Nazi propaganda”! NO, they were the victims of an Allied (Soviet) War Crime, and secondly, of a very cruel twist of fate. They knew what was coming and what had already taken place, and they believed that they might be able to escape the hate and bestiality of the Soviet onslaught with a last minute rescue bid, and find safety in the west. But sadly, what they thought would be their “life saver” turned out to be certain death for the vast majority on board that ship, on that fateful winter night on the Baltic Sea, on the 30th of January, 1945.
When will the hunt for the perpetrators commence? Likely never, because most if not all are dead, but even some are alive, they no doubt sleep soundly at night, knowing that no one gives a damn about dead Germans. There is no Simon Weaselthal manhunt taking place to find the surviving members of the submarine crew that did carried out this “Crime Against Humanity”, nor for the pilots who firebombed Dresden, for the soldiers who raped our women, who starved our surrendered troops to death, and ethnically cleansed millions of Germans, etc etc etc.
But I remember, and I honour them!
May they Rest in Peace, and NEVER be forgotten.
(I originally posted by J4G in 2013)