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Darkness Fell on Gotenhafen

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Original title
Nacht fiel über Gotenhafen
Year
Running time
99 min.
Country
Germany - West Germany (FRG) Germany - West Germany (FRG)
Director
Screenwriter
Frank Wisbar, Victor Schüller
Music
Hans-Martin Majewski
Cinematography
Elio Carniel, Willy Winterstein (B&W)
Cast
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Producer
Deutsche Film Hansa
Genre
War. Adventure. Drama | II World War. Natural Disasters
Synopsis / Plot
At the beginning of 1945, 10,000 german refuggees tried to escape from the russian army at the MV Wilhelm Gustloff, a pleasure cruise German ship requisitioned by the Kriegsmarine (German Navy) in 1939. But on 30 January 1945 the ship was sunk by a Soviet submarine in the Baltic Sea while evacuating German civilians, officials and military personnel from Gdynia (Gotenhafen), occupied Poland, as the Red Army advanced. By one estimate 9,400 people died, which would make it the largest loss of life in a single ship sinking in history.
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