Many people have the imagination that the Titanic was the worst passenger shipping disaster. History tells us otherwise.

At the end of the Second World War, when the Russians invated Germany, many German citizens had to run for their lives. According to the latest research the Wilhelm Gustloff (that used to be a hospital ship during the war) had about 10.000 German refugee passengers on board when it intentionaly got struck by 3 russian torpedos on her way to Kiel.

Most refugees died in the frozen waters. Because the encounters have been listed as war related vitims the accident never received the status of most passengers killed on a passenger liner. Five of those German ships were sunk while carrying refugees and all those ships listed more casualties than the Lusitania (also was torpedod during the 2nd WW) and Titanic together.

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Vele mensen leven met de gedachte dat de ramp met de Titanic de ergste was in de maritieme geschiedenis. Er waren aan het einde van de 2e Wereld Oorlog vijf duitse schepen die twee keer zoveel passagiers vervoerden dan de Lusitania en Titanic samen. De meeste werden door russische onderzeeboten bestookt en naar de bodem gezonken.

De Wilhelm Gustloff had volgens de laatste onderzoeken bijna 10.000 vluchtelingen aan boord toen het in 1945 door drie russische torpedos getroffen werd. De meeste duitse passagiers aan boord verloren het leven in de ijskoude Baltische Zee.

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