Wreck Artifacts from the
Wilhelm Gustloff
Kriegsmarine blanket saved from the sinking Wilhelm Gustloff - January 30th, 1945 - 9:00pm

     When the torpedoes from the S-13 exploded against the Gustloff, passengers began the stampede to escape the sinking liner. One of the male passengers was sitting in the cabin he shared when the liner was hit. Knowing the temperature outside, he bundled up and grabbed a Kriegsmarine blanket which was nearby. As the ship listed, he managed to climb into a lifeboat with the blanket wrapped around him and was lowered into the freezing sea. A few minutes later, the Wilhelm Gustloff disappeared forever beneath the Baltic waves. He was rescued from the water by the T-36 commanded by Capt. Robert Hering and taken back to land with the blanket still wrapped around himself. During the years, he kept it stowed away and when he died of cancer, it was inherited by his son. Eventually, it was turned over to a German auction house in 2008 to be sold along with other items from the personal collection.
At right is said blanket which we acquired for our Wilhelm Gustloff collection. This piece was purchased on November 22, 2008 at a military auction from Dresden, Germany from the Alschner Antique House. The letter which accompanies it is as follows:
  "This article concerns a bog standard Kriegsmarine blanket from WWII, which belonged to a survivor of the ship Wilhelm Gustloff. Who struggled onto a lifeboat with this blanket during that fateful night, whose occupants were subsequently taken onboard and rescued by a German torpedo boat, which I have been made aware of by his son. Sadly, his father - the owner of the blanket - died some years ago due to cancer. According to the son, the commander of the torpedo boat, Hering, rescued some hundred survivors..."
     The blanket is a grey wool/rayon blend which measures 6' 4" long and 4' 4" wide. It has a 4" wide interwoven red stripe positioned near each end. Both the side edges of the blanket have the typical, tightly woven, interlocking, reinforcement threads to prevent fraying. One side of the blanket has the hand, chain stitched, script, "Kriegsmarine", in red cotton threads. The script is also visible on the other side as a mirror image. There is one large hole and several small ones (whether caused by moths, age, or from the sinking is unknown.)
    All records from the auction, including the note stating the blanket's history, remains in our archive. The above description is a general translation from the German letter. An emotional piece which was onboard that night and survived the worst sinking in history.
Wilhelm Gustloff Lifeboat Davit
Photo: Bradley Sheard - 2003
Wilhelm Gustloff Porthole 
German Maritime Museum
Artifacts recovered from the wreck of the Wilhelm Gustloff - 1980s

     Photographed at right are four rare artifacts which were recovered from the wreck of the Wilhelm Gustloff in the 1980s by Polish sport divers. During this time, several divers went to the wreck gathering everything from hand rails and decking to portholes and interior effects. Recovered before diving limits were imposed upon the wreck, these, along with several other artifacts were divided up by said divers. One of our contacts in Germany, who is also a Gustloff collector, purchased several pieces for his personal collection. In 2009, we acquired and transfered these artifacts over to our Wilhelm Gustloff exhibit. They are as follows:

1. Medium Glass Bottle
- Possibly used for medicine, measures 15cm high with the marking "200" on the bottom. Left 'as is' from the wreck, still contains sediment inside and out. Very good condition.
2. Porcelain China Pot
- Probably a family piece from one of the fleeing refugees onboard, measures 8.5cm high, 9.5cm on the top from spout to handle edge. Originally had four painted scenes, one on each side. Two have been completely erased by the seawater, one is badly faded, and the final scene of a windmill is still intact, but damaged. Gold trim around the top and scenes is faded or missing, 1.5cm chip and hairline crack to the base present on the side with the intact painting. Left 'as is' from the wreck, contains sediment and rust throughout.
3. Small Glass Bottle
- Possibly used for medicine as well, measures 11cm high with the marking "R" on the front. Left 'as is' from the wreck, still contains sediment inside and out. Very good condition.
4. Silver Fork
- Smaller 15cm cake or dessert fork in remarkable condition. Plain design aside from a small decoration in the middle of the piece. Because there was no damage to the piece aside from tarnishing, it has since been cleaned to its original condition. It is amazing how well silverware can cope underwater. The silverware in the RMS Republic museum photo fared even better than this for having been submerged for twice as long.
     An original 4-page propaganda newspaper that was dropped over German troops by Allied planes during the last year of the war. Mention of the Gustloff sinking in any 'official' media source was scarce. Nachrichten für die Truppe (News for the Troops) was produced from April 1944 until the end of the war in Europe. Up to one million copies of each edition (measuring approximately 8x13 inches) were dropped over enemy lines. Unlike other propaganda intended specifically to deceive, this newspaper provided relatively accurate news reporting to gain the confidence of German soldiers. Of course, it was not all that difficult to report Allied successes during the final months of the war. Source: WilhelmGustloff.com

     WilhelmGustloff.com has the edition for February 18th, 1945 and we have the next days edition for February 19th. The front page news of the Wilhelm Gustloff sinking was given nearly half of the back page in the next issue. This rare intact edition gives the follow-up news on the disaster. This leafelet was dropped just 19 days after she was sunk. Below is a rough translation of the entire article.

"Wilhelm Gustloff" Catastrophe
     Parties with inquiries stormed the offices of the political party and the navy in all parts of the empire yesterday of concerned persons, who assume, that its members were perhaps on board the 'Wilhelm Gustloff', that was torpedoed on the 30th of January at 9 o'clock evenings in the Danziger bay by a Russian submarine and sank within 15 minutes.
The number of the victims of the 'Wilhelm Gustloff' - catastrophe is certain yet none of the offices can say with any exactness. Eastern fugitives and armed forces members were onboard when the ship ran out of Gotenhafen. 932 people rescued must be supposed on the basis of the newest investigations that 8,000 did not report themselves yesterday when the ship left. It was found that 10,000 to 11,000 passengers were onboard. Only 932 were rescued, and 658 were members of the war navy.
Heavy accusations are raised how the Zanziger party offices had insisted that the 'Wilhelm Gustloff' should run out on the 30th of January. Although the boss of the security had referred to the Baltic Sea on that, the necessary number could not be placed by security units on February 4th.

     The "Wilhelm Gustloff" ran nevertheless on the evening of January 30th with the perfectly insufficient security of an outpost boat and two R boats. All covers of the "Wilhelm Gustloff" so were stuffed that no person was able to move. In the embarkation was said would last, the trip however only a couple of hours. When then at 9 o'clock - only an hour after running out - the ship was encountered by the Russian torpedo, hardly anyone was able to rescue themselves of the lower covers towards the top. Many passengers, that were hurled in the capsizing of the ship into the sea, hardened in the icy water before them aid could be brought.
Surviving reports of the frightening scenes, that happened after the explosion on board the ship. All lights onboard had gone out with a blow. In wild panic of tried the passengers to find a way to the cover in spite of the darkness. Hundreds of women and children were trampeled at the same time.

     Women and children in the embittered battle, that used around the few lifeboats, women and children were knocked ruthlessly over board. Minutes already passed and that 25,000 ton ship listes to the side strong, five minutes later capsized. The 'Wilhelm Gustloff' took many thousands with itself into the depth. Others were hurled into the sea, ridden in that won the sinking ship and disappeared in the floods.
     The 'Wilhelm Gustloff' was completed in 1937 as a KdF ship and 1940 of the war navy received it first of all as an infirmary ship. Since March 1941 it has lain as an accustomed ship of the U-boat-scholar division in Gotenhafen.

     The current count for the casualities for the Wilhelm Gustloff came from the Discovery Channel's TV documentary Unsolved History: Wilhelm Gustloff World's Deadliest Sea Disaster. A computer simulation of how the passengers reacted was created based on known facts of the sinking and population densities around the stairwells and escape hatches on each deck. This computer generation can be viewed at:  http://fseg.gre.ac.uk/EXODUS/gustloff.jpg. The end result was roughly 10,573 people onboard - 1,230 Survivors and 9,343 dead.
Post WWII Publications
The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff
 by: Jason Pipes
Exerpt from: "A History of the Wilhelm Gustloff" - feldgrau.com
     As a Wohnschiff (barracks ship) of the Kriegsmarine, under the control of the 1.Unterseeboots-Lehrdivision, and later the 2.Unterseeboots-Lehrdivision, the Gustloff lay at anchor in Gotenhafen, its new resting place, for over four years. Then, in January of 1945, the Gustloff was once more put into service, this time as a part of the largest planned naval evacuation operation in history, the rescue and transport of millions of refugees, soldiers, sick, injured and others fleeing from the advance of the Soviet forces in east. Nearly all of the former KdF liners, along with many other freight and cargo ships, naval auxiliaries, and even combat vessels, took part in this massive rescue operations. Of the largest ships that took part were the liners and passenger ships, which mostly, like the Gustloff, were until then being used as barrack and accommodation ships in either Danzig, Pillau or Gotenhafen. The largest ships were the following: Cap Arcona (27561), Robert Ley (27288), Hamburg (22117), Hansa (21131), Deutschland (21046), Potsdam (17528), Pretoria (16662), Berlin (15286), General Steuben (14660), Monte Rosa (13882), Antonio Delfino (13589), Winrich von Kniprode (10123), Ubena (9554), and the Goya. 
     At the end of the WWII German refugee rescue operations proved to be a huge success in light of the otherwise crushing defeat of Germany as over 2,000,000 people were transported from areas of Soviet control. Out of the total number rescued, between 25,000 to 30,000 lives were lost, the majority with the sinking of the Gustloff and the Goya with a combined total of over 15,000 deaths. Considering the number of people transported and the conditions and time of the transport (January - May, 1945), the number of lives lost versus the number rescued remains to this day a stark reminder of the size, scope and determination of the massive German sea rescue. 
     When the Gustloff left the relative protection of the harbor at Gotenhafen on January 30th, 1945, the weather was very poor; wind strength of 7, it was snowing, the temperature was 10 degrees below zero, and ice flows were in the water. Any chance of survival once in the water in weather like this was next to impossible. Under its own power, the Wilhelm Gustloff began to punch its way through the choppy, blustery Baltic Sea, un-escorted against the threat of submarine attacks its only protection being the few anti-aircraft guns it had onboard. Against the deadly submarine, the Gustloff was naked. 
     According to the ships own records, the list of passengers on the 30th included 918 Naval officers and men, 173 crew, 373 members of the Woman's Naval Auxiliary units, 162 wounded, and 4,424 refugees, for an official total of 6,050 people. This is according to the official list though, and doesn't take into account the many hundreds of other people that one way or another, were able to make their way onto the seemingly safe decks of the Gustloff. In fact, new research has now shown that the total number of people on the Gustloff at the time it was sunk was actually 10,582. Newly published research by Heinz Schon has set the number of people on the Gustloff as follows: 8,956 refugees, 918 officers NCOs and men of the 2.Unterseeboot-Lehrdivision, 373 female naval auxiliary helpers, 173 naval armed forces auxiliaries, and 162 heavily wounded soldiers, for a total of 10,582 people on board on January 30th. 
     Then, at 2108 01.30.45 the Soviet sub S-13, commanded by Alexander Marinesko, hit the Gustloff with a spread of three torpedoes. The Gustloff immediately leaned to starboard, righted itself, and then leaned to again. She then launched rescue flares and broadcast an SOS. According to an eye-witness account of Oberbootsmannsmatt Karl Hoffman, the first torpedo struck the Gustloff at the bow, directly below the helm deep below the waterline. The second torpedo exploded under the area of the ship that was the swimming pool, and the third torpedo hit amidship in the forward part of the engine room, ripping the ship hull and shattering the machinery. Soon, the forecastle was nearly underwater, with the stern beginning to rise above the waterline. In under 50 minutes time, the Gustloff was gone, taken beneath the icy black waters of the Baltic, and with her, 9,343 men, women and children while 1,239 people were saved by a number of German ships in the area. Torpedoboot T-36 rescued 564 people, Torpedoboot Löwe 472 people, Minensuchboot M387 98 people, Minensuchboot M375 43 people, Minensuchboot M341 37 people, steamer Gottingen saved 28 people, Torpedofangboot TF19 saved 7, freighter Gotland 2 people, and Vorpostenboot 1703 saved one person, a 1 year-old child.
Christliches Andenken
an unseren lieben, unvergesslichen
Sohn und Bruder
Marine-Gefreiten
heini Maschberger
welcher am 31. Janner 1945
im Alter von 18 Jahren in der Danziger Bucht in treuer Pflichterfüllung den Seemannstod Fand.

Mutter, trockne deine Tranen!
Als mich traf das falte Erz,
War bei mir das letzte Sehnen:
Brich nicht - brich nicht, Mutterherz!
Gonne mir den Tod der helden,
Trag als heldin diesen Schmerz.
Brich nicht - brich nicht, Mutterherz!
Christian Memory (Rememberance)
of our dear, unforgettable
Son and brother
Marine Corporal
(Heinrich) Heini Maschberger
which on 31 January 1945
at the age of 18 years in the Gulf of Gdansk in the faithful duty Seemannstod Found.

Mother dry your tears!
When I hit the folding ore
Was with me the last chord:
Do not break - not, break your mother's heart!
Gonne me the death of the hero,
Support as heroine of this pain.
Do not break - not, break your mother's heart!
Wilhelm Gustloff Death Card from sinking:
Heinrich Maschberger is listed as 'Seemanstod' or 'Seemannstod' as on the card (Accidental death) in the Gulf of Gdansk. He was in all likelihood one of 918 Marines and U-Boat members from 2nd U-Boat Training Division that went down with the Wilhelm Gustloff since no other ships were known to be sunk on the 31st in the Baltic. Dated the day after the sinking.

Wilhelm Gustloff Lifering / Life Preserver
Reproduction lifering, most often associated with the sinking of the ship.
     Two variations of the life ring were known to have been used onboard - the differences lie within the lettering of the ship's name around the top. For one example, the 'ff' in Gustloff can be connected or separated. Shows signs of aging - paint loss around the rope handles, one can tell it has been painted more than once on both sides over the years and repairs have been made to it. Usual cracking and bumps / dents.
     I purchased this from a gentleman in Hamburg, Germany who had several Gustloff items, including some additional postcards I obtained from him. He had it given to him by his father, who lived in Hamburg during the 1930s and 40s. Still an interesting piece to display regardless.



Official Listing (Not Complete)
Members of the Kriegsmarine (2.U.L.D.) whom perished on the
Wilhelm Gustloff

Abt Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.06.1925
Ackermann Walter BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 28.08.1923
Adebahr Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.08.1925
Albert Erich Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.03.1926
Alex Kurt OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.12.1917
Alexy Paul OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.12.1914
Anders Josef OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.06.1899
Andresen Hans OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.12.1902
Armgart August OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.10.1919
Arzt Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.03.1926
Bachmann Franz BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.04.1920
Barrein Josef Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.03.1924
Barthelt Wilhelm Omt. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.02.1900
Bauckner Karl Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.04.1925
Bauer Hans SanOFähnr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.02.1923
Baumeier Kurt Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.09.1921
Becker Julius Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 31.08.1925
Becker Wilhelm Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.10.1920
Behrendt Kurt "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.12.1926
Bender Gerhard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.08.1923
Beyer Willi KpLt.z.V.d.R. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.09.1899 Magdeburg
Bittkowski Franz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.11.1921
Block Karl OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.10.1914
Bock Friedrich OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.01.1917
Boldt Willi HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.04.1915
Borchert Werner OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.09.1919
Brammer Klaus SanOFähnr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.04.1922
Bruege Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.12.1919
Brüning Johann OFkMstr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.12.1916
Brünjes Lueder OLt.z.S.d.R. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.06.1917 Grasberg
Budler Alfred Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.09.1921
Buldt Karl OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.08.1924
Bulicka Rudolf OStrm. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.07.1919
Burkhardt Ludwig Omt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.09.1920
Burmann Gerhard Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.12.1925
Busch Gustav BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.07.1920
Busse Heinrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.03.1920
Busser Konrad OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.02.1919
Butzmann Werner BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.07.1921
Calek Lothar SanOFähnr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.08.1923
Chapler Helmut Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.09.1921
Chudzinski Joachim Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.02.1926
Clausen Otto Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 04.08.1921
Daffy Karl-Heinz Gfr. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.01.1926
Dick Rudolf Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.09.1925
Dinkel Georg OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.03.1921
Döllmann Josef Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.04.1925
Dölz Gerhard HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.10.1919
Dominick Gregor Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.02.1926
Dorschel Gerd OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.11.1917
Dreske Wilhelm HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.03.1894
Duhm Friedrich HptFw 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.04.1897
Ebsen Heinrich OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.07.1910
Eckey Willi Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.03.1924
Edelmann Günther Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.05.1923
Eichholz Werner OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.09.1921
Engelmann Kurt OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.12.1919 Gladitz
Enke Walter BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.11.1899
Erdmann Franz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.10.1917
Fahrenkrog Walter BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.07.1920
Fassbender Josef Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.07.1925
Fehr Gustav SanFähnr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.02.1921
*See Document Below*
Feldmann Gerhard OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.04.1919
Feller Dr. Adolf Mar.Ob.St.Arzt.d.R. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF".Laz.Schiff.(05.40-07.40). 24.12.1891 Wien
Fischer Hans-Jürgen Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.09.1922
Fischer Heinrich OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.12.1919
Fischer Helmut Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.01.1921
Fischer Karl Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.04.1925
Förger Walter Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 31.01.1922
Forst Eugen HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.06.1896
Förstenberg Friedrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.01.1921
Förster Raimund Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.07.1926
Frank Wilhelm Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.02.1925
Freisleben Gerhard OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.09.1915
Friedl Josef OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.08.1924
Fuchs Kurt Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.07.1926
Fürstenberg Friedrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.01.1921
Füst Gerd Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.09.1925
Gasser Ernst OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.08.1924
Gast Willibald OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.07.1906
Gawellek Werner OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.01.1917
Gerlich Kurt SanOFähnr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 04.04.1923
Giese Karl Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.06.1922
Glidemeister Günther SanOFähnr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.01.1922
Gössner Hans OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.09.1919
Greife Alfred Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.05.1924
Grell Ernst OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.10.1902
Grimme Hermann OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.04.1924
Gröser Gerhard OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.02.1921
Gross Paul BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.11.1920
Grube Gerhard OLt.z.S.d.R. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.06.1922 Hamburg
Gunkel Franz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.02.1919
Hahn Adolf OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.07.1919
Hahnen Heinrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.09.1924
Hamleser Karl OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.09.1907
Happel Heinrich BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.06.1923
Harl Florian BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.09.1923
Harmsdorf Friedrich OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.04.1918
Hartmann Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.04.1923
Haslinger Erwin Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.12.1925
Hauer Vinzens SanFähnr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.04.1918
Heer Hugo OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.03.1923
Heiler Anton OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.12.1919
Heitzler Erich Mtr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.07.1923
Hellbing Herbert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.06.1920
Henkelmann Johann BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.05.1922
Hensel Kurt OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.07.1918
Hermann Walter Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.08.1923
Himmel Alfred OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.06.1919
Hintermeyer Hans Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.10.1914
Hirsch Helmut OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 04.10.1918
Hoffmeyer Alfred OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.01.1924
Hofmann Karl-Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.07.1925
Hofmann Konrad Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.05.1924
Hog Erich Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.09.1925
Hohmann Heinrich OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.10.1919
Hoppe Heinrich BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.11.1917
Höppner Hans-Georg Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.09.1922
Hössler Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.07.1925
Höusser Karl-Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.11.1925
Hüsch Wilhelm Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.01.1925
Hunstein Kurt Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.12.1925
Jahn Otto Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.02.1923
Jakob Herbert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.07.1920
Janz Heinrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.01.1924
Jochmann Roland Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.09.1925
Jonetat Fritz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.08.1919
Jurenda Herbert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.09.1920
Kaminski Karl OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.07.1918
Kannengiesser Alfred OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.09.1918
Karalus Eilmar Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.10.1922
Karthaus Siegfried Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.08.1925
Kasprzak Rudi OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.12.1917
Keil Franz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.09.1924
Kelting Hans OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.02.1918
Kern Walter Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.01.1923
Kiau August OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.03.1894
Kiepe Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.04.1925
Kirmeir Karl OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.07.1916
Kittel Rolf OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.03.1918
Klaas Albert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.07.1923
Klaphek Helmut Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.12.1926
Klein Gerhard Omt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.07.1920
Klicpera Josef OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.01.1921
Klose Walter OLt.ing KO 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.08.1907
Kluge Friedrich OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.08.1917
Knorr Albert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.02.1922
Koch Artur OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.09.1903
Koller Heinrich Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 28.09.1926
König Kurt MaschOGfr U-223. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.10.1921
Koort Franz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.05.1925
Körber Clemens Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.04.1926
Korn Franz-Wilhelm Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.11.1925
Korol Leo HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.07.1896
Kothlow Gerhard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.09.1921
Krajewski Alfred BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.06.1920
Krause Günther Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.03.1924
Krause Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.05.1926
Kruczek Herbert Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.03.1926
Krüger Gustav OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 31.05.1915
Krumm Paul StOSigMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.09.1901
Kruse Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.01.1926
Kuberka Günther BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.04.1923
Kuck Herbert Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.02.1923
Kühl Johannes Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.03.1925
Kühnemund Herbert OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.11.1916
Kürth Kurt OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.09.1916
Küster Herbert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.11.1922
Kuhlmann Gustav Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.12.1923
Kunadt Karl OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.04.1921
Kunz Gerhard Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.03.1925
Laakmann Wilhelm OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.06.1920
Lader Ernst Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.06.1923
Lange Alfred BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.02.1923
Laskowski Herbert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.06.1923
Latuszek Fritz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.02.1922
Lau Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.07.1920
Lebejko Albert OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.03.1916
Lechner Adolf OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.10.1918
Leenings Wilhelm-Josef OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.11.1919 Horrene
Lehmann Arthur BtsMt U-505. MtrOGfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.12.1921
Lehner Friedrich Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.03.1926
Leib Helmut BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.12.1921
Lembke Wilhelm HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.04.1896
Lieb Friedrich BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.03.1922
Liebermann Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.05.1926
Lietz Heinz OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.06.1924
Lipphart Erwin OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.08.1922
Löhne Heinz BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.03.1923
Lohse Karl-Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.12.1920
Loll Paul StBtsM 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.10.1902
Loos Max Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.09.1919
Löser Harry Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.05.1925
Lucas Gerhard OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.01.1920
Luchterhand Christoph Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.12.1926
Ludwig Erwin Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.01.1920
Lück Erich Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.02.1926
Luge Willi Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.12.1923
Lux Bruno OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.05.1919
Madlehner Anton Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.11.1926
Marzinek or Marziner Walter BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.02.1924
Matteit Wilhelm OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.09.1922
Maurer Walter Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.10.1926
Maury Wilhelm BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.01.1922
Maximini Josef OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.02.1918
May Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.03.1918
Megolat Arthur BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.07.1923
Meister Willy Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.06.1923
Mell Herbert OFw 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.07.1909
Meller Peter Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.06.1925
Melzer Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.07.1917
Melzer Helmut Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ "Wilhelm Gustloff" 30.01.1945 13.12.1926
Melzer Herbert Kkapt.(V).01.04.43. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF".schiffsverw.Off.(09.39-03.40). "BREMSE".verw.Off.I11.40-03.41). 2.Marine Infantrie Division+ Häuslingen 14.04.1945 14.12.1908 Berlin
Mertin Horst Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.12.1925
Michelis Werner Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.02.1924
Mollzahn Günther Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.03.1923
Moneta Helmut Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.03.1923
Moser Gerhard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.09.1924
Mövers Herbert Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.12.1926
Mrozek Egon Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 28.06.1924
Much Josef OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.10.1914
Müller Günther OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.07.1919
Müller Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.01.1917
Müller Henry Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.09.1925
Müller Walter Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.11.1925
Müller Walter OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.08.1917
Müller Willi Lt.z.S. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.02.1924
Münzel Johann OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.11.1908
Nawrath Josef OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.03.1915
Neuber Kurt Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 04.09.1925
Neudeck Erich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.11.1922
Neumann Alfred BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.10.1900
Neumann Gustav Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 04.02.1922
Niebuhr Heinrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.08.1922
Nitschke Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.12.1920
Nöschel Alex OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.02.1913
Obigt Kurt OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.11.1918
Ohletz Horst Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.05.1921
Ohlsen Heinz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.02.1922
Opitz Walter BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.04.1922
Osenbühn Harald Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.07.1925
Owel Kurt OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.07.1916
Paul Horst Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.04.1924
Pauleweit Horst OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.07.1921
Pawel Walter OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.06.1918
Pech Ernst Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.05.1920
Peters Paul BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 31.10.1922
Pfaff Horst OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.11.1919
Pfaffenberger Johann Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.01.1924
Pflögler Josef OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.05.1892
Philipsen Otto BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.01.1895
Pinkernelle Otto OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.04.1920
Plamann Heinz OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.11.1919
Plischke Kurt OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.04.1920
Pohle Werner Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.08.1922
Poplawski Paul Mt "ATLANTIS" 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.10.1919
Preiss Lothar OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.03.1919
Pressler Balduin Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.09.1919
Püschel Albert OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.10.1919
Pustelnik Hans Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.11.1920
Querfurth Hermann BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.03.1898
Rattat Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.12.1918
Reichmann Karl-Ernst Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.08.1925
Reitmeyer Friedrich OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.04.1921
Reitze Georg Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.03.1923
Reitzig Herbert Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.09.1925
Renner Helmut BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.04.1922
Rensinghoff Werner Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.12.1922
Renz Kurt Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.06.1923
Rettkowski Herbert Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.10.1919
Richter Bodo OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.08.1922
Richter Eberhard Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.12.1925
Rieck Kurt OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.12.1916
Riedel Rudolf Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.11.1922
Rochel Willy OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.02.1894
Rödenbeck Heinrich OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.07.1920
Rohrbrahn Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.08.1919
Rosteck Heinz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.03.1923
Rullmann Kurt Lt.z.S. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.07.1922
Ruschhaupt Heinrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.06.1922
Rutsch Siegfried OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.11.1917
Sadlowski Kurt OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.12.1919
Saile Wilhelm OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.09.1918
Salk Walter Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.09.1923
Sander Dr. Kurt Flot.Arzt. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF".Laz.Schiff.(09.39-11.40). 00.07.1962 08.08.1894 Wusterhausen
Sattler Arthur OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 28.06.1921
Schäfer Kurt BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.07.1921
Schäfer Walter OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.05.1918
Schenkin Rudolf Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.05.1921
Scherer Nathanöl Mtr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.01.1895
Schiefel Hans-Joachim BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.11.1921
Schlubach Franz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.12.1922
Schlüter Ferdinand HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 04.09.1921
Schmeiser Franz BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.01.1922
Schmidt Günther OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.02.1920
Schmidt Walter Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.05.1923
Schmidt Willi BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.03.1922
Schmiedel Günther BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.07.1923
Schmieder Heinz OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.11.1920
Schmitz Paul Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.03.1926
Schmöller Heinrich BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.05.1924
Schneider Josef Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.01.1922
Schneider Rudi Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.03.1925
Schneider Wilhelm OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.01.1919
Schollerer Max Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.09.1923
Schrameck Franz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.02.1926
Schramm Manfred OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.06.1916
Schröder Gerhard Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.11.1926
Schröder Hans OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.01.1917
Schröder Lorenz OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.03.1914
Schüssler August Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.01.1920
Schukies Alfred Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.06.1925
Schuller Johann Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.08.1926
Schulte Friedrich OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 05.04.1919
Schulte Wilhelm OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.05.1921
Schultes Otto Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 07.09.1925
Schultz Willi Masch U-622. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.05.1924
Schultze Manfred Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.11.1922
Schumann Erich OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.12.1913
Schumann Rudolf Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.08.1926
Schutze Fritz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.11.1919
Schwarz Hans Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.05.1924
Sell Adolf Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.02.1924
Senger Bernhard BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.05.1923
Sieben Konrad Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.09.1919
Siefen Max-Joachim SanFähnr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.10.1920
Skiba Josef Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.12.1923
Spangenberg Walter OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.03.1920
Spannenkrebs Franz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.02.1921
Speer Alfred Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.05.1923
Spörhase Willy Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 27.10.1926
Sremski Ernst OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.09.1922
Stangl Freidrich StOMasch U-407.(18.12.41- 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.09.1912
Starck Herbert OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.08.1911
Staufenberg Hans Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.06.1923
Stech Kurt SanFähnr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.05.1922
Stein Günther Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.08.1919
Steiner Karl OMasch "ATLANTIS" 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.11.1917
Stiller Walter Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.11.1921
Stöckel Harald Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.03.1926
Stoppel Heinrich OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.08.1923
Störmer Helmut Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.10.1923
Straube Lothar Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 31.10.1923
Ströter Friedrich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 28.04.1924
Struwe Gottfried Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.08.1926
Sturm Albert OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.07.1923
Teetzen Otto OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.04.1914
Teichmann Gerhard OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 12.07.1914
Tente Rolf Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.12.1926
Teschke Gerhard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.08.1920
Thiel Walter Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.07.1920
Thielmann Heinz BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.07.1921
Thiess Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 31.01.1926
Thor Günther Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 02.02.1921
Thümmler Gerhard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.01.1922
Till Otto StOFw 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.09.1894
Tobolik Anton HGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.12.1894
Tönnies Heinz Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.02.1924
Triebes Gerd Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.12.1921
Tromller Rudolf BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.05.1922
Trott Josef Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.12.1923
Trumpjan Herbert OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.01.1917
Ulbrich Werner Lt.z.S. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.01.1923
Ulke Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.01.1925
Ullwer Alfred Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 31.03.1924
Urban Franz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.12.1926
Voigt Alfred KpLt.z.V. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.07.1885 Grossenhain
Völker Karl OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.03.1916
Wagner Hans Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.02.1926
Wagner Hans Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.09.1925
Wagner Nikolaus OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.10.1900
Wagner Dr. Gerhard Geschw.Arzt. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+. 30.01.1945 30.01.1879 Berlin
Walter Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 15.12.1921
Walter Richard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 01.11.1920
Weber Adolf OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.06.1917
Weber Erich Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 17.06.1923
Weber Heinrich Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.08.1926
Weiffen Franz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 08.04.1926
Weihmann Volker SanOFähnr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.05.1924
Weimar Kurt OBtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 14.11.1919
Weise Herbert BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.02.1920
Welters Josef BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 24.04.1922
Werda Franz OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.05.1917
Werner Helmut OStrm 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 10.07.1922
Wichmann Fritz OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 21.04.1921
Wiggenhauser Kuno BtsMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.09.1921
Wilhelm Heinrich StOFw 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.11.1908
Winkler Georg OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 29.09.1916
Wippich Heinz OMt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.12.1921
Wirth Helmut Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 09.11.1924
Wisch Kurt Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.11.1920
Wissel Leo Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.02.1925
Wissmann Heinz OMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 25.11.1919
Wolf Gerhard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 23.07.1922
Wolgast Rudolf Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 16.12.1922
Worbs Werner Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 18.03.1925
Wörmcke Harry StOFw 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 22.03.1915
Wysinski Willi Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 03.05.1924
Zebralla Josef OGfr 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 19.09.1923
Zellinger Adolf Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 30.05.1923
Ziese Karl-Heinz Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.01.1926
Zimmer Karl Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.03.1919
Zimmermann Helmut Gfr. 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 13.02.1895
Zimmermann Kurt Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 26.07.1921
Zinnkann Otto StOMasch 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 11.06.1913
Zorr Gerhard Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 20.12.1920
Zscherper Konrad Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 06.02.1925
Zupfer Josef Mt 2.ULD. "WILHELM GUSTLOFF"+ 30.01.1945 28.09.1923
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By all historical accounts, the tally of the people which were officially embarked on the Wilhelm Gustloff on 1/30/45 stopped around 5,000. This is a period newspaper clipping with a photograph of the actual list from that fateful day! The tally translates:

Soldaten (Soldiers) 918
**(The 918 soldiers mentioned were all from the 2. U-Boot-Lehrdivision and should have been brought to Kiel to fight on.)
Besatzung (crew) 172
Mar. Helfer (abbreviation for marine volunteer) 373
Verwund (abbreviation for wounded people) 73
---------
1537
Flüchtl (Abb. for refugee) 3121
---------
4658

+2-300 (An additional 200 to 300 / from) Gillau (Village in former Ostpreussen)

Wilh. Gustloff is written in blue pen on the paper. The article at the bottom translates:

"A yellowed slip of shows the number of people carried on the Gustloff: 4,958. This list was handed over by the First officer, Louis Rese, (Photo) shortly before the Gustloff's departure. The number of stowaways was never determined."








Gerhard Graßhoff - Survivor of the Wilhelm Gustloff Disaster

     These documents were discovered in a large binder of paperwork recently purchased from Germany on the ship. Photos at left of survivor Gerhard Grasshoff and the interview done by Vanessa Philipp and Lisa Schiefner on March 6th, 2008.

"Wilhelm Gustloff" : From the Flagship to the Iron Coffin.

Interview: Gerhard Grasshoff (86):
Gerhard was born in 1922 in Uichteritz
He was very enthusiastic about the Navy and on May 1st, 1941, he has moved into the Kriegsmarine and at 18 years of age went to Hamburg with the bike.

     First, he was in the company Wesermünde, then he was a sergeant on the "Wilhelm Gustloff", which at that time cost 25 million Reichsmarks. In November 1940, she was used as the Second U-boat training division in Gdynia, then the "Gustloff" was used as an accommodation ship. Gerhard Grasshoff was onboard from November 1944 - January 30th, 1945. In January 1945, the "Gustloff" was used to evacuate 2.5 million refugees in the West. Gerhard Grasshoff and his colleagues were moved from their cabins on the port side.  The Gustloff was from 1945 refugee ship, before it was a luxury liner. In January 1945, she ran out. On January 30, 1945, shortly before nine clock they went on guard. They put on their coats and field boots. The evenings were at -20 degrees, he went on watch, it was very cold, because outside it was snowing. Suddenly they heard a bang with three shots. The first hit went under the bridge. 
The second hit went on the boat deck. The third hit in the engine room. In one hour, what sunk the Gustloff! As a growing wealthy sergeant what Gerhard Grasshoff in lowering the Gustloff it, it was a big mess. Suddenly a woman came with an older child. He has put them into a lifeboat, but I do not whether they were rescued. But when he saw on the other side of a lifeboat, and he ran over and has left the railing down and swam out to the lifeboat. The rescue of the Gustloff was also possible with Rettungfloßsen. It looked like the Gustloff has dropped from a distance.
     The whole ship was illuminated as if it all went down. Where they were staying on the ship, another torpedo struck. They were lucky because they had the watch on deck. Around 24.00 clock they were taken over by a torpedo boat. There were about 8 -10 man on a rescue ship. The torpedo boat ran farther to Kolberg. They had an escort ship called the Löwe. There were about 10,500 people on this ship approximately 9,300 people were killed. Approx. 1,200 people were rescued and survived the shipwreck. The escort ship threw water bombs at D 36. They were later picked up by a lifeboat. This ran from Wieter of Kolberg to Sassnitz then to Kiel, from Kiel to Hamburg, after Sefen, with the U-boat 145 to Wilhelmshaven. On 7 May 1945, they are leaked? again, as far as Heligoland. In early July, they had to the UK (your train), in captivity. There, you got sandwiches. Gerhard Grasshoff was placed with a farmer. It was agreed to by sign language with his hands and feet. After his imprisonment he went from England to Koehn for his wife. Mrs. Grasshoff was a naval aide. In 1947, he has come home. He was 24 years old when he came back. Even today he is a member of the Navy team Weissenfels. He has been the only submariners survived.

This is a general translation of the information given within the binder. The final article published is shown above in the images.

Alexander Ivanovich Marinesko (Russian: Александр Иванович Маринеско, Ukrainian: Олександр Iвановiч Марiнеско, Aleksandr Ivanovich Marinesko, Alexander Marinesco; Romanian: Alexandru Marinescu) (January 15, 1913 - November 25, 1963) was a Soviet naval officer and, during World War II, the captain of the S-13 submarine, which sank the German ship Wilhelm Gustloff, with recent research showing that over 9,000 died when the ship sank. Source: Wikipedia

Photo at left: Museum collection photo.


Above - A reproduction lifering from the Wilhelm Gustloff done in the style from the movie "Die Gustloff".

Letter from the Naval Document Centre, British Naval Headquarters
A letter to Mrs. Wiechert that her relative was lost with the Wilhelm Gustloff

English translation at right top
Original German transcription at right below.

A special thank you to W.H. for translating this document for me!
Naval Document Centre                                                                                                        (21a) Minden i.W., den November 22nd, 1946.
British Naval Headquarters
Navy - Personnel - Documents - Central
At the British Navy High Command

Ref-Nr. Vd 5806

All further correspondence must include this
Ref. Num. as well as the complete reference.

Re:.San Ensign d.R. Gustav Fehr, ship "Wilhelm Gustloff"

Your letter dated 22.6.1946
Dear Miss Wiechert!

It is with sadness, that we need to make this painful notification. San. Ensign d.R. Gustav Fehr, born on 26.2.1921 in Wuppertal-Barmen, has been listed as "missing " as of the 30.1.1945. The Commanding Admiral of the U-boats has included his name on the list of missing persons on 12.4.45. We have reviewed this list. Some of the members of the 2. U.L.D., among them San Ensign d.R. Gustav Fehr, boarded the former K.d.F.ship "Wilhelm Gustloff". This ship was torpedoed on 31.1.45 by a Russian submarine and sank near Stolpemünde in the Baltic Sea. San Ensign Gustav Fehr was not among the survivors. You must therefore accept the idea that he is no longer among the living. The possibility of him becoming a Russian prisoner is non existent. There were no Russian surface ships in the vicinity. We have no record of soldiers rescued or imprisoned by the Russians.

With the assurance of our sincere sympathy.
German Controller
Naval Document Centre


to edit this text.
Naval Document Centre                                                                                                       (21a) Minden i.W., den November 22nd, 1946.
British Naval Headquarters
Marine - Personal - Dokumenten - Zentrale
beim Britischen Marineoberkommando
Ref-Nr. Vd 5806
Alle weiteren Zuschriften müssen diese Ref-Nr.
sowie vollständige Wiedergabe des Betreffs enthalten

Betr.: San. Fähnrich d. R. Gustav Fehr, Schiff "Wilhelm Gustloff"
Ihr Schreiben vom 22.6.1946.

Sehr verehrtes Fräulein Wiechert!
Es wird bedauert, Ihnen die schmerzliche Mitteilung machen zu müssen, dass der San. Fähnrich d. R. Gustav Fehr, geb. am 26.2.1921 in Wuppertal-Barmen, auf Grund mandierenden Admirals der Unterseeboote" vom 12.4.1945 seit dem 30.1.1945 als "vermisst" geführt wird. Ein Teil der 2.U.L.D., Gotenhafen, darunter der San. Fähnrich d. früheren K.d.F. - Schiff "Wilhelm Gustloff"eingeschifft. Dieses Schiff ist am 30.1.1945 in der Ostsee auf der Höhe von Stolpmünde von einem russischen Unterseeboot torpediert worden und gesunken. Da sich der San. Fähnrich d.R. Gustav Fehr nicht unter den geretteten befunden hat, müssen Sie sich mit dem gedanken vertraut machen, dass er nicht mehr unter den Lebenden weilt. Die Möglichkeit, dass er in russische Gefangen schaft geraten sein könnte, ist so gut wie ausgeschlossen. Russische Überwassweschiffe, die eine Rettung hätten vornehmen können, befanden sich nicht in der Nähe. Ebenso sind Namen von Geretteten bezw. in Gefangenschaft geratenen Soldaten heir nicht bekannt. Mit der Versicherung aufrichtiger Anteilnahme.

German Controller
Naval Document Centre


Original Boarding Passes for the Wilhelm Gustloff's Last Voyage
Operation Hannibal - January 30th, 1945.

     As the Red Army began to close in around the ports of Danzig and Gotenhafen, many of the fleeing civilians last hope was to gain entrance to one of the ships at anchor in the port cities for passage west to Kiel. In order to get onboard one of these ships, an ausweis, or boarding pass ID was necessary. Boarding passes were very hard to come by, as only members of the Wehrmacht or high ranking officials were issued them. Of the several hundred that were the last thing to be printed from the Gustloff's onboard printing press, all but one that I know of went down with the ship that fateful night. Presented at right are two of these original boarding passes for the Wilhelm Gustloff that never made it onboard. Even better is that their story also survived the test of time.
     Käthe Kraus, of Adolf Hitler-Strasse 69 in Gotenhafen, was a member of the Kriegsmarine working as a naval aid. In 1945 at the age of 38, she was issued these boarding passes for passage West onboard the Wilhelm Gustloff. However, due to the amount of 'top secret' paperwork that the Germans were trying to destroy, she recalled how she decided to stay behind to help with the task and take a liner that was leaving at a later date. This saved her life and these extraordinary pieces of history.
     After the Wilhelm Gustloff sank, her tasks were finished and she gained passage 2 days later on February 2nd, 1945 onboard the H.K.S. Vega leaving Gotenhafen. Her ausweis and 'special pass' from the Vega also survived and are shown below as part of our collection. In her later years living in Kiel, she became friends with her neighbor who was a WWII military collector specializing in minesweepers. Before moving away from Kiel, Mrs. Kraus gave B.W. (the military collector - name witheld for privacy) these documents for his collection and told him the story I wrote above. In late 2012, I was able to discover that B.W. had these documents still in his collection. After deciding to part with them to 'thin out' non-minesweeper items, I arranged to have them transferred to the Wilhelm Gustloff Museum.
     The 1/30/45 ausweis is one of the few items from the Wilhelm Gustloff that are made as reproductions. I have seen at least one where the bottom was cut off and it was sold as an 'original'. The bottom left has 'Faksimile Edition' (Reproduction Edition); followed by the document number and information. In order to cut off this reproduction giveaway, one would also have to cut off '2. Unterseebootslehrdivision' to get a clean straight cut. I also have one of these reproductions in the collection. 


Photo Gallery at Right:
1: The two ausweise for the Wilhelm Gustloff. The first for Mrs. Klaus, the second blank. Both stamped.
2: A close-up of Mrs. Klaus' ausweis that never made it back onboard the doomed liner.
3: An aerial view of Gotenhafen around 1944. The Wilhelm Gustloff is visible on the left south of the Hansa at the harbor entrance. Her bow is pointing NNE. *Luftbild Datenbank.
4: A color photo of the H.K.S. Vega in Gotenhafen in 1942 with 3 type VIIC-boats and the type IXA boat U-37. In her camouflage paint, this was the ship that Mrs. Kraus escaped Gotenhafen onboard. There was some issue as to if this ship was renamed the 'Wega' under Kriegsmarine control, but she is clearly the 'Vega' on her ausweis. The liner was later bombed on May 3rd, 1945. To see her history, click HERE.
5: The ausweis for Käthe Kraus onboard the H.K.S. Vega.
6: The special pass or 'marching orders for business trip' pass. February 2nd, 1945 for passage to Kiel.
7: Back of the special pass.
8: Signature of the Kriegsmarine Kapitänleutnant (AMD) u. Adjutant.
Wilhelm Gustloff Ausweis:

Deutsch schreiben!
Ausweis für MS. "Wilhelm Gustloff"
Name: Käthe Kraus
Bisherige Wohnung: Gotenhafen, Adolf Hitler-Strasse 69
Anschrift der nächsten Angehörigen: Albert Kraus, Butenschönsredder, Flintbek bei Kiel

Kommando
2. Unterseebootslehrdivision


German post!
Pass for MS. "Wilhelm Gustloff"
Name: Käthe Kraus
Previous residence: Gotenhafen, Adolf Hitler-Strasse 69
Address of next of kin: (Yet to be translated)

Command
Second Submarine Training Division
Ausweis Nr. 333 für H.K.S. Vega
Herr/Frau  Erl. / Kind (Name) (Vorname) - Käthe Kraus
Alter: 38

Bisherige Vohnung: Gotenhafen, Adolf Hitler-Straße 69
Anschrift der näch-sten Angehörigen: Albert Kraus, Butenschönsredder in Flintbek bei Kiel
Inhaber dieses Ausweises ist berechtigt, das Kriegshafengelände zwecks Einschiffung auf H.K.S. "Vega" zu betreten.
Kommando H.K.S. "Vega"
Verpflegungskarte: Datum morg. / mitt. / abds.

ID No. 333 for H.K.S. Vega
Mr / Ms
Erl / child (name) (first name) - Käthe Kraus
Age: 38

Existing Vohnung: Gdynia, Adolf Hitler-Strasse 69
Address of the next few members:
Holder of this certificate is entitled to the port area for the purpose of embarking on war HKS "Vega" to enter.
Command H.K.S. "Vega"
Catering Menu:  Date morg. / Mitt. / Abds
D Gültig nur bei Dienstreisen! D
Sonderausweis
(Marschbefehl)
Der Wehrmacht Angestellte Kraus (Käthe) (Dienstgrad, Vor- und Zuname)
vom: Kommando Dienststelle Feldpost nummer M 25251
(Marineteil, Dienststelle bzw. Tarnbezeichnung - z.B. Feldpostnummer - Nach den jeweils gegebenen Bestimmungen.)
reist am 2 (datum) 1945
Nach Kiel - Flintbeck (Reiseziel)
Grund: Gang im Truppendienst gem. Kom. Adm. U-Boote B. Nr. -G 20460.
Rückreise am erfolgt nicht 1945 (strichen, falls night zutreffend.)
Ausgefertigt am 2.2. 1945
Kommando Dienststelle Feldpost nummer M 25251
Auf Befehll J. Rutzkr?
Kapitänleutnant (AMD) u. Adjutant
(marineteil, Dienststelle bzw. Tarnbezeichnung - z.B. Feldpostnummer - nach den jeweils gegebenen Bestimmungen.)
(Unterschrift, Dienstgrad, Dienststellung.)
Eingetroffen am ____, Den ____ (Neues Kommando)
Sonderausweis ist bei Kommandierungen und Versetzungen an das abgegebene Kommando zurückzusenden.
Etwa erforderliche Angaben über Abfindungen mit Verpflegung usw. - nur mit Dienststempel und Unterschrift des zuständigen Vorgesetzten gültig - siehe Rückseite.



D Only for short business trips! D
Special passes
(Marching orders)
The Wehrmacht employees Kraus (Kate) (rank, name and surname)
from: Command post office box number 25251 M
(Marine part, department or code name - eg Feldpostnummer - After the respectively prevailing regulations.)
Travels at 2 (date) 1945
After Kiel - Flint Beck (Destination)
Reason: In accordance with transitional duty troops. Adm. Comm. Submarines as No. G-20460th
Returns on is not (painted, if applicable night.) 1945
Done at 2.2. 1945
Command post office box number 25251 M
On Befehll J. Rutzkr?
Lieutenant (AMD) and adjutant
(marine part, department or code name - eg Feldpostnummer - according to the rules given each.)
(Signature, rank, position.)
Arrived at ____, the ____ (new command)
Document shall be returned at commanding deductions and offsets to the output command.
Any necessary information concerning severance with meals, etc. - with stamp and signature of the responsible supervisor valid - see overleaf.

Letter written by a sailor fleeing Gotenhafen - 26.2.1945
Written by Sali Gedig to Adolf Stolz
Sali was onboard another ship fleeing the port of Gotenhafen under heavy escort with 14,000 onboard! He mentions the Gustloff sinking in his letter to portray the fears of having so many onboard...


     "Wir hatten ein starkes Geleit mit. Es waren 14000 Menschen oben. Kannst Dir ja den Kasten vorstellen. Vor uns war die Gustloff untergegangen da waren oben 8000 Menschen. Kannst Dir unsere Stimmung vorstellen.​​"

Translated:
​​​    " We had a strong escort with us, 14,000 people were on the decks, so you can imagine the size of the ship. The Gustloff had gone down before us and they had 8,000 people on the top. Imagine our mood."
Left: Friedrich Petersen
'Official' c​aptain on the Gustloff's final voyage. Also commanded the ship after Captain Lübbe died on her maiden voyage.

Right: William Zahn
Another captain onboard the night of the sinking. ​​​

Letter written by Wilhelm Gustloff survivor Egon Jelsen - Civilian crew member.
Written from his hospital bed in Köslin​ - February 4th, 1945.

*The first note is that Egon probably refers to being onboard the ​​Minensuchboot M375  or Minensuchboot M341 while being rescued.
*It is also interesting how Egon writes that the Wilhelm Gustloff is still in her Red Cross livery, when she has been painted her war gray for the past 4 years. ​However, recalling details can always be inaccurate or subjective in the shock of such an event. It has been said that many in Germany from the time up to today still believe today the ship set sail in her hospital livery.

Dear Rhoda,
     Now we can thank God, I am safe. I wrote to you on January 20th from Gotenhafen that we intended to ship ourselves in on the Wilhelm Gustloff. We did this but in the same night, the ship was torpedoed by an enemy submarine. What happened then was hell in itself. ​​​I can hardly remember how I got into a lifeboat and then onto a fast PT boat. There were 40 on this boat taken to the nearest harbor and from there we went to a hospital in Köslin. I remember the Wilhelm Gustloff was overcrowded, the whole deck was occupied with people and when the ship went down, most of them must have drowned in the icy water. How many is anyone's guess. There are 70 survivors here in Köslin, most with frostbites and related things. The Wilhelm Gustloff was a hospital ship and marked as such, sure, there were also wounded soldiers onboard but nobody I have seen with any sort of arms. I cannot say yet whether Lina was rescued - nobody has shown us a passenger list yet.
     What will happen now? I want to get out of here as fast as possible and go to Stettin. Right now that is impossible as there is a travel restriction on all passengers. Why?? I think the world should know what a cowardly deed it was to sink a marked Red Cross ship with thousands of women and children. This sort of thing should be made known and not kept secret. I just don't know whether I will ever find my way around in thie world. I will try and forget, and when I get to Stettin, I will try to write again. Meanwhile I am here and I don't even own the gown I wear, but I think God I am alive. I hope for the best. Uncle Egon.​

Wilhelm Gustloff Wreck Keys

     I purchased this from a well-known nautical collector in Germany who specializes in selling HAPAG memorabilia. In addition to the many other German nautical pieces he sells, I purchased two of these keys off of him. An identical key to these sold on March 22nd, 2014 among the 300 lots at the Atlantic Crossing Auctions in Southampton, England:

     ​​Lot 109 Wilhelm Gustloff, A ships key approx. 4 inches long with looped pinch grip handle and circular engineered barrel . Steel manufacture and tempered at one time . The key was recovered from the wreck of the Gustloff on a salvage dive c 1994 forty nine years after her sinking and is in fine condition with obvious salt water marks . Good (Shown at right with the red background from the auction catalog.)

     ​​These were originally purchased in Wismar in 1994 along with 2 other keys and 2 spoons from the wreck of the Wilhelm Gustloff. The seller also told me he had the opportunity to purchase a porthole from the Wilhelm Gustloff by the diver, but could not afford it at the time. How I wish I could've purchased that for the museum collection!


List of dead, missing, and survivors by Heinz Schön

       Much of the information we know today from the Wilhelm Gustloff is through the efforts of Heinz Schön​, who was onboard the Wilhelm Gustloff and survived her sinking. Interviewing witnesses and survivors, he began the Gustloff Archive and in 1952 published "The Sinking of the Wilhelm Gustloff". 
     Very few people realize that through his efforts, there is an incomplete list of those who were missing, died, and survived the sinking that night. While published in his works in Germany, I wanted to share his lists here for those who are seeking information on loved ones or family that were onboard that fateful night. Heinz died on April 7th, 2013 and his ashes were laid to rest on the wreck on May 10th.
Image 1 - Report of Lieutenant-Commander  Zahn on the sinking of the M / S Wilhelm Gustloff on January 30 , 1945.
Image 4 - Appendix 2 - Rescue Ships
Image 5 - Appendix 3 - Surviving Kiel, 08.02.45 .
Commanding Admiral of Submarines Att: Mr Lieutenant Commander Müller Arnecke
Image 7 - Appendix 4 - Rescued
List of 31 by the steamer Gottingen from North German Lloyd on January 1945 from M / S Wilhelm Gustloff salvaged castaways .
Image 9 - Appendix 5 - Missing
List about the IT. message of the Commanding Admiral of Submarines from April 12, 1945 . Height Stolpmünde missing loved ones of the Navy.
Image 26 - Appendix 6 - Missing
Height Stolpmünde missing female members of the Navy.
Image 28 - Anlgage 7 - Missing Marine assistants
Image 37 - Appendix 8 - Missing crew members ( Merchant Navy )
Image 42 - Appendix 9 - Dead
Image 43 - Appendix 10 - Dead
Protocol over funeral of 143 dead.
Image 44 - Appendix 11 - ​Dead
​List of deaths from occasion sinking of the M / S Wilhelm Gustloff , compiled by the Registry Office 1 Berlin, Berlin -Dahlem , Lentzealee 107 , from the death book of the civil Antes Gotenhafen , born in 1945.
Image 46 - Anlgage 12 - Survivors
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Wilhelm Gustloff Death Card from sinking #2:
Heiliger Joseph, du Patron der Sterbenden! Jesus! Maria! Josef!
Seid bereit denn ihr witzt nicht den Tag noch die Stunde wann der herr kommen wird.

Zum frommen Andenken an unserer lieben Gertrud Schmitt geb. Herings

welche am 30. Januar 1945 abends 10 Uhr. mit der Wilhelm Gustloff kurz vor Collberg (Kolberg) unterging. Die liebe Verstorbene war geboren am 21. März 1921 und vermählte sich am 27.3.1943 mit Hans Schmitt zu einer glücklichen Ehe. Sie hatte ein liebevolles herz besonders gegen Arme, darum wollen wir hoffen, daß sie oben einen gnädigen Richter gesunden hat. Ihre trauernden Angehörigen bitten um ein Gebet für die liebe Verstorbene damit sie bald ruhen möge. im ewigen Frieden.

Saint Joseph, Patron of the dying! Jesus! Maria! Josef!
Be ready because you do not joke the day nor the hour when the lord will come.

To the pious memory of our dear Gertrude Schmitt born (Maiden) Herings

which on January 30, 1945 in the evening 10 clock. with the Wilhelm Gustloff went down shortly before Collberg. The dear deceased was born on 21 March 1921 and married on 27/03/1943 by Hans Schmitt to a happy marriage. She had a loving heart especially against the poor, so let's hope that it has above a merciful judge healthy. Your grieving relatives ask for a prayer for the dear departed so that they may rest soon. in eternal peace.​

 Shipwreck Central TV:

     Just off the coast of Poland, deep beneath the icy waters of the Baltic, lie the torn remains of a German ocean liner. The vessel was to have been the salvation of thousands escaping the wrath of the advancing Soviet army, her dash to freedom cut short by three Russian torpedoes. Join the Sea Hunters as they explore the site of the greatest single shipwreck tragedy in history, the wreck of the Nazi liner Wilhelm Gustloff.​​