National Archives at Kansas City

Dr. Robert P. Watson to Discuss -The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II-

Press Release: June 7, 2016

Dr. Robert P. Watson to Discuss The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II

For More Information Contact:
Kimberlee Ried, 816-268-8072

Kansas City (MO)…On Tuesday, June 28 at 6:30 p.m., the National Archives at Kansas City will host Dr. Robert P. Watson for a discussion of his book The Nazi Titanic: The Incredible Untold Story of a Doomed Ship in World War II. A free light reception will precede the program at 6:00 p.m.

Built in 1927, the German ocean liner SS Cap Arcona was the greatest ship since the RMS Titanic and one of the most celebrated luxury liners in the world. When the Nazis seized control in Germany, the ship was stripped down for use as a floating barracks and troop transport. Later, during World War II, Hitler’s minister, Joseph Goebbels, cast her as the “star” in his epic propaganda film about the sinking of the legendary Titanic. The German navy used the Cap Arcona to transport German soldiers and civilians across the Baltic, away from the Red Army’s advance.

In the Third Reich’s final days, the ill-fated ship was packed with thousands of concentration camp prisoners. Without adequate water, food, or sanitary facilities, prisoners suffered, and many died, as they waited for the end of the war. Just days before Germany surrendered on May 8, 1945, the Cap Arcona was mistakenly bombed by the British Royal Air Force, and nearly all of the prisoners were killed in the last major tragedy of the Holocaust and one of history’s worst maritime disasters.

Although the British government sealed many documents pertaining to the ship’s sinking, Watson has exposed this story, unearthing forgotten records, conducting interviews, and referencing over 100 sources, including diaries and oral histories. As a result, The Nazi Titanic is a riveting and astonishing account of an enigmatic ship that played a devastating role in World War II and the Holocaust.

Copies of Watson's book will be available for purchase and signing. Reservations are requested for this free program by calling 816-268-8010 or emailing kansascity.educate@nara.gov. Requests for ADA accommodations must be submitted five business days prior to events.

The National Archives at Kansas City is home to historical records dating from the 1820s to the 1990s created or received by Federal agencies in Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota. For more information, call 816-268-8000 or visit us online.

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