Book and Activities: Salt to the Sea

Salt to the Sea book cover

This heartbreaking story takes place during World War II. It follows four young people on the Wilhelm Gustloff, a German ship promising freedom to those desperate to escape the advancing Russian Army. It tells a true but largely forgotten tragedy - the ship had over 9,000 refugees on board, including about 5,000 children, when it was sunk by a Soviet submarine. Nearly all were drowned.

Teaching notes