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SS Cap Arcona
From 1940, Cap Arcona was taken over by the Kriegsmarine (German navy) and used in the Baltic Sea. From the end of 1944 the Kriegsmarine transferred her back to transport use and she was used to transport refugees from East Prussia to the west of Germany. On April 26 1945, Cap Arcona was loaded with prisoners from the concentration camp Neuengamme and together with two smaller ships, Thielbek and Athen , was brought into the Lübeck Bay with the intention of destroying evidence of what happened at Neuengamme, by scuttling the ships with the prisoners imprisoned below.
On May 3 1945, Cap Arcona, the Thielbek, Athen and the passenger liner Deutschland (converted to a Hospital ship but unmarked as such) floated unprotected in the Bay of Lubeck between Neustadt and Scharbeutz and were sunk in four separate attacks by RAF Typhoons using rockets and bombs. Approximately 7,000 to 8,000 prisoners from the concentration camps (Neuengamme, Stutthof, Mittelbau-Dora) were drowned; survivors reaching the shore were shot by the SS but about 350 managed to escape massacre.
Roy Nesbit - Cap Arcona: atrocity or accident? - Aeroplane Monthly, June 1984
- History of the tragedy
- Disaster on the Baltic Sea
- Appendix A
- Photo-montage with sound
- Photos of the Cap Arcona :    
- The 100-year secret
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