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Windrush by Paul Arnott

Windrush: A Ship Through Time

Paul Arnott

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Imprint: The History Press Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publication date: 17 Jun 2019
ISBN: 9780750989862

The life, times and extraordinary history of the Windrush: the vessel that created modern Britain

4 stars out of 5
Amelia Gentleman
28 Jun 2019

"Arnott’s book offers an unusual perspective, revealing how a vessel, criss-crossing the oceans, changed history."

Arnott paints a rich portrait of life on board the cruiser in its heyday, where passengers were fed pancakes with cranberry sauce and sardellenwurst – pork sausage meat to which anchovies had been added, (“to the British palate this might seem a surprise choice”). The ship took Germans, many of them Nazi-leaning, who decided to escape the Depression for a new life in South America, thereby helping create, in Argentina, one of the most fascist regimes outside Europe. In the 1930s, membership of the Nazi party was obligatory for merchant seamen, so on arrival in Buenos Aires men would raise their right arms in salute. It brought the German ambassador to Argentina in 1933 who disembarked wearing full SS uniform, announced that he came bearing personal salutations from Adolf Hitler, and led the waiting crowds in singing Deutschland über Alles....Arnott’s book offers an unusual perspective, revealing how a vessel, criss-crossing the oceans, changed history.

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