German tragedy of destiny





Port of Pillau





On 11 April 1945 the 40-year-old steamer gave the last opportunity  for refugees and wounded from Königsberg

surrounded by the Red Army to flee through the port of Pillau.


At the departure of the vessel dramatic scenes were played out, none of the refugees wanted to stay behind, everyone wanted on board.


With more than 1,000 refugees and wounded the only 66 m long ship was completely overcrowded.


On 13 April the steamer was attecked by three torpedo bombers off Stolpmünde and was hit near the bridge.


The ship broke in two and sank rapidly.


970 people went down with the ship in the icy waters of the Baltic Sea.


970 dead