Talk #124, 11/14/18

Athenia – A Forgotten Tragedy of World War II

Thomas Sanger
Journalist, Documentarian, and Author


Abstract (from the book jacket):
On September 1, 1939, the passenger liner, Athenia, set sail from Glasgow for Montreal by way of Belfast and Liverpool.  She carried 1,100 passengers, nearly three-quarters of whom were women and children.  On September 3, Atheniawas torpedoed by a German submarine.  In Without Warning, author Thomas C. Sanger tells the harrowing story of the sinking of the Atheniafrom the perspective of eight people; six passengers, Athenia’schief officer, and the commander of the German U-boat.

Based on accounts written by the passengers, personal interviews with the survivors and descendants of survivors, books, newspaper stories, and original documents, Without Warning honors the memory of Athenia’s passengers, both living and dead.

Tom Sanger’s presentation can be downloaded by clicking on the link below:

Tom Sanger’s Athenia slides

This file does not include the newsreel clip but you can download the clip by clicking on this link:

Athenia Newsreel

Bill Hagan’s meeting slides and presentation of the 2018 Lyncean Prize for Literature can be downloaded by clicking on the following link:

Meeting Slides 11/14/18