Holidays with Hitler

The Nazis seduced as well as terrorised the German people into buying into the National Socialist ethos, says Roger Moorhouse. And one of the ways in which they did so was by offering workers cheap holidays in the sun...

Passengers on board the Wilhelm Gustloff c1939 giving the Nazi salute shortly before leaving Tilbury Docks. (Photo by London Express/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the August 2016 issue of BBC History Magazine 

If the name of the Nazi cruise liner Wilhelm Gustloff registers a flicker of recognition with readers, it willmost probably be because of the grim circumstances of the vessel’s demise during the Second World War. Torpedoed by a Soviet submarine on 30 January 1945, the ship sank into the icy waters of the eastern Baltic within an hour.

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