CHILDREN OF THE BENARES. A WAR CRIME AND ITS VICTIMS.

Barker, Ralph.


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1st.ed., 1987. (Vii) + 172 pp., 22 photo-plates. D.j., 22 x 14cm. Outer edges browned o/w Nr.FINE. The Ellerman passenger liner CITY OF BENARES slipped quietly down the Mersey on Friday 13th September 1940, bound for Canada with 90 evacuee children among the passengers from Britain's bombed cities ; children already dramatized by war and hoping for a new life. Four days out from Liverpool, the liner was attacked by a U-boat without warning, in total disregard of the plight of the passengers and in defiance of international law. The sinking shocked the civilised world. Of the 406 people on board, 256 were lost including at first count 83 of the 90 children. Although the responsibility for the tragedy lay at Germany's door, there were questions to be answered in Britain too. Why was the naval escort withdrawn 21 hours before the ship was sunk ? The author reveals a story of human fallibility, suffering and courage in attempts to survive.


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