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"Fun" Fact – This was initially set to be named "Adolf Hitler" but Hitler changed his mind after sitting at Wilhelm Gustolf’s memorial service next to the deceased’s widow. Gustolf was a leader of the Nazi party’s Swedish branch.
It’s actually crazy. Most people don’t know about this ship or what happened. It’s just not part of the narrative that is told about the Second World War. You’d think the single most deadly ship sinking in history would be more well known, but it simply isn’t. Mainly given the fact that it was during war time and that it’s part of the lesser known story of German refugees fleeing the East. To think some 8000+ people died is insane.