Sea Of Death
1 x 60'
At the end of WWII millions of German civilians fled the encroaching Soviet Army. The situation at the Polish ports was chaotic; ships were loaded way over capacity. And off the coast, Soviet submarines were lying in wait, ready to attack.
In the end, 20,000 people died in three sunken refugee ships. It was one of the worst civilian maritime fatalities of all time.
This film combines unique underwater footage from the divers who discovered the wrecks in 2005, interviews with survivors, and access to secret sources in Russia that case new light on the tragedy.
The underwater footage of the wrecks is strikingly graphic: personal belongings left in panic sixty years ago still lay strewn over the deck, children´s shoes placed in a basket before they jumped ship, crushed glass and plates from their last meal.
This film explores the traumatic story through the eyes of the survivors from the three torpedoed ships. It is a tale of incredible suffering, of heroes lost forever in the freezing waters.