The Sinking of The Zamzam
The South Atlantic, April 17. 1941
From a new book by Peter Levitt*
The saga of the sinking of the Zamzam by a Nazi raider in April
of 1941 has its 70th anniversary in 2011. To mark the occasion, author,
editor and researcher Peter Levitt has synthesized his considerable informational
archive in a timely book. In conjunction with the careful editing of both
his mother's and other recorded testimony Peter Levitt has collected and
arranged priceless photographs of both the event of the sinking and the
long months of detention in Nazi Germany awaiting the British and Canadian
In terms of the sinking, on the one hand we have a neutral ship, sailing under British Admiralty orders, blacked-out and zig-zagging suspiciously. On the other, a Nazi raider, the formidable Atlantis, disguised as the Thamesis and stalking its prey with its guns at the ready. The dawn bombardment and evacuation of the Zamzam, then her mining and final dispatch to the bottom. All of this was captured in impressive detail by the unfortunate passengers of the Zamzam, passengers that included the author, his sister and his mother, and, as fate would have it, a bevy of good writers and photographers who have made their materials available to Peter Levitt over the years. But the story told in this book does not end there. Another story unfolds. (See Internment in Liebenau.)
*Levitt, Peter. A Memoir on The Sinking of The Zamzam. Lugus Publications, Toronto: 2011. $25.00 + %5 GST (in Canada) = $26.25
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