Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Now Knows About The Wilhelm Gustloff

Nobody Knows

Americans are not taught much history anymore. …and it’s been that way for as long as I remember. When we think of the greatest disaster on the sea, we think of the Titanic…and then we have visions of the end of the movie when everyone in the audience watched”Rose” as an old lady, throw that massive diamond back into the ocean and all of us started shouting, “For God’s sake! Don’t do it! “

But the Titanic was nothing compared to the sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff.

To make a long story short: During WWII…at the end when Hitler was hiding in his bunker, thousands of Germans were trying to get out of the country because the Russians were not exactly kind to the German women. The Germans had killed enough Russians and they were coming for revenge.

So, in a very cold, minus 15 degree ice and snow weather, thousands poured to the Baltic sea to try to get boats out to the East…and on January 30, 1945, the Wilhelm Gustloff was stuffed with over 9,393 people.

The Titanic, you remember, only had 2,224.

By the time the people got to this boat, many of their homes had been destroyed, and they were starving. If they had children, they were let on first, so many children loss their lives due to the fact that people were throwing “kids” to other relatives onshore to get them on the boat…FROM the boat, and sometimes the kid ended up dropping into the sea from a bad throw.

Once they could fit no more on the boat…they set sail.

Here’s a short description from Wikipedia:

The Wilhelm Gustloff′s final voyage was during Operation Hannibal in January 1945, when it was sunk while participating in the evacuation of civilians, military personnel, and Nazi officials who were surrounded by the Red Army in East Prussia. The Gustloff was hit by three torpedoes from the S-13 in the Baltic Sea under the command of Alexander Marinesko on the night of 30 January 1945 and sank in less than 45 minutes. An estimated 9,400 people were killed in the sinking, possibly the largest known loss of life occurring during a single ship sinking in recorded maritime history.

I just got finished reading about this in a book called “The Cruelest Night.” and one small story sticks out in my mind.

One woman…in one of the lifeboats, kept trying to jump into the water and kill herself. The other people in the boat (not many escaped…maybe 900 at best..and all four captains) were trying desperately to keep her from killing herself…and then they found out her reason.

Her oldest son’s head had been smashed by a suitcase and killed instantly when the first torpedo hit. He was eight. As she took her two other children with her to try to get to the top of the boat, her NEXT youngest boy, who was four, was stampeded to death by the crowd. When she fell overboard she lost her last child, her young baby girl who was less than a year, and it drowned in the water.

And here I sit, comfy in my computer room, with all my books, my computer, my radio and television…having just had a glass of milk…watching the Olympics, and looking at an old Beatles Album cover.

It’s almost surreal…who can even imagine so much horror?

Captain Alexander Marinesko, the U-boat Russian Captain who sank the boat…was sent away to prison in Russia. It wasn’t until years later that he was even rewarded for sinking the Gustloff and many other ships that year.

But, in all this sad story there was a hero. German Admiral Doenitz, was responsible for the evacuation of over 2 million Germans by boats to the East, he got them out, and their descendants make up the Germany of today. He did this behind Hitler’s back….in other words, he LIED about what he was doing with all those boats.

So the next time you hear of the Titanic, remember, there was an even more horrible disaster at sea…you just didn’t hear about it.

But now, you know.

August 8, 2012 Posted by | History, War | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Nobody’s Fool: Daniel Hannan–Again.

Nobody’s Fool

I searched all over this week for someone to post, in order to deliver an uplifting man or woman of the week, and I couldn’t find anyone who says so much in such little time as Daniel Hannan.

Truly, what in the world good happened this week in the news? The highlight was San Diego got to see 15 seconds of spectacular fireworks because of some computer disk malfuction. And since we were devoid of any kind of good news last week, (Fires, electric outages, storms, etc.) they had to spin a big incredible &$^% up, as being…a fun thing! So what if thousands of people sat for hours in traffic hoping for a show?  Wasn’t that cool they said?

We ARE amazing.  

Nobody hopes our computers on our nuclear subs don’t do that trick.

Here Daniel makes the point that the EU is discussing women and homosexual rights, while the great EU Titanic ship is sinking. Our Congress is discussing boxing rules among all things. And then Daneil makes his on abservation as to why he thinks ‘people’ do the absurd.  

Daniel is a one-man inspiration every  time he speaks. I don’t think this will be the last time he fills my Nobody’s Fool slot.

Enjoy!

July 5, 2012 Posted by | EU, Uncategorized | , , , | 2 Comments

Nobody’s Imaginary Vacation!

Nobody Flashes

Since my last vacation happened BEFORE Disney died, I like to sit around and think of what kind of vacation I would think up for rich people and their friends…you know, the “Let me help you get a life” vacation? I could be a damn good travel agent for the average billionaire who is tired of going to the South Of France..

Here’s one that I think they would enjoy:

First: The owner of this vacation would pick 1,000 of his favorite people, and pile them on Air Force One outside of Dulles. All that would be needed is a simple $3 billion dollar campaign fund donated to Obama’s re-election money bags, and you would have the finest jet in the world take you and your friends to the thrilling land of S. Korea.

Come on…when was the last time you were in South Korea? The only catch is, “President” Obama might want to come along for the ride since he’ll go anywhere for a party.

Second: You will arrive in Panmunjom, the demilitarized Zone between North and South Koreas….Meeting you at the airstrip will be 250 brand new Mercedes Benz Mini-Vans to take you and your guests to the place where you are going to be spending the night.

Your vans will pull up to the Tentanic..yes, a tent that can hold 1,000 people. There you will spend the night being poured the finest champange, while Celine Dion performs her best hit from the Titanic movie: “I’ll be loving you…in all the old familiar places..back of cars where you embrace me….long agoooooo.”

Wait. No…well, she’s only going to be there singing the one hit from the Titianic, and you will be allowed to smash glasses and throw whatever happens to be on the floor. And don’t worry—Whatever happens in that tent: STAYS in that tent.

Third: The next day– a real treat! Golf. In pairs of four, everyone will get to play the most dangerous golf course in the world, which sits in the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea. There is only one hole to play: a par three..192 yards, but the rough is filled with land mines! Think of the fun bets you could win by challenging the other team to go in and get his ball!

Forth: Be sure and ask the “President to play. Donate another $ 5 billion to his campaign.

Fifth:After that fun game of golf, everyone will get back in their Mini-vans and head off to the nearest Ocean. There you will all be given your very own submarine to explore the sea in. Those that do NOT want to participate in this event, have get to sit on the beach and smoke Lamborghini cigarettes, if they like. (One pack: $2,700)

At the end of the day, when all the subs are discarded, everyone will get back in the Mini-vans to get back on Air Force One. Be sure and tell the pilot that the President in on board. If he isn’t, don’t worry. You gave him enough money to get a ride back to the states. Let him buy his own damn plane.

Hey…did you have fun! Nobody thanks you for traveling on Nobody’s Imaginary Vacations! (Thanks to LuxuryLaunches for all the inspiration!)

April 9, 2012 Posted by | Golf, humor, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

   

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