Die letzte Fahrt der Athenia 1939
320 pages, Mit zahlreichen Abbildungen, Originalverlag: mare, 2009
Erstmals im Taschenbuch
First day of sale: 14.02.2023
Drei Tage im September. Die letzte Fahrt der Athenia 1939/Three Days in September. The Last Voyage of the Athenia in 1939
Ca. 320 pages with 16 pp b/w photo section
English sample available
“Cay Rademacher employs historical snapshots and the fates of individuals to compose a story which exemplifies an era while also standing on its own two feet.” RADIO BREMEN
“Rademacher has spoken to survivors and paints a picture of individual lives. A gripping tale of the events in the North Atlantic.” HAMBURGER ABENDBLATT
“Rademacher’s writing is almost literary, yet every detail remains precise and meticulously researched. You can feel the depth of knowledge in every sentence. And yet, thanks to Rademacher’s skill, this never weighs down the narrative. Three Days in September is a smart, thrilling book. Read it! You won’t regret it.” DEUTSCHE WELLE
“A masterpiece of thrilling historiography” Mindener Tageblatt
She was the last ship to set sail from a peacetime Europe and the first to be sunk by a German submarine in the Second World War. Travelling on board the Athenia, however, were over a thousand passengers, making their way from Glasgow to Montreal, among them American tourists, Polish and German Jews, other victims of Nazi persecution, and British businessmen. The commander of U30 believed the ship to be troop carrier and 118 passengers drowned.
In a series of distinct scenes, Cay Rademacher joins the dots of this astonishing tragedy. The young daughter of the film director Ernst Lubitsch was among the passengers onboard the Athenia. The US ambassador in London sent his son to Glasgow to take charge of the American survivors: his name was John F. Kennedy. There are countless poignant and vivid details that turn this story of a comparatively small tragedy into a faithful record of a time in history and the atmosphere that accompanied it.
Within the world of the Athenia, Cay Rademacher captures an image of Europe on the edge of a precipice and reveals a spectacular panorama of the first days of the Second World War.
Cay Rademacher, born in 1965, is a freelance journalist and author. His mystery novels set in post-war Hamburg ‘Der Trümmermörder‘ (The Murderer in the Ruins), ‘Der Schieber‘ (The Wolf Children), ‘Der Fälscher‘ (The Forger) are published by Dumont. His Provence mystery novel series includes ‘Mörderischer Mistral‘ (Murderous Mistral), 2014, ‘Tödliche Camargue‘ (Deadly Camargue), 2015, ‘Brennender Midi‘ (Burning Midi), 2016, ‘Gefährliche Côte Bleue‘ (Dangerous Côte Bleue), 2017, and ‘Dunkles Arles‘ (Dark Arles), 2018 and 'Verhängnisvolles Calès' (Fateful Calès), 2019. His stand-alone 'Ein letzter Sommer in Méjean' (One Last Summer in Méjean) was published in 2019. Cay Rademacher lives with his family in the vicinity of Salon-de-Provence, France.