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A Ship Through Time
Hamburg, 1930. The German-Jewish shipbuilders Blohm & Voss build a transatlantic ocean cruiser that they christen the Monte Rosa.
Norway, 1940. The Monte Rosa is sent to the fjords to assist the dreaded Tirpitz as she bombards British ships.
Auschwitz, 1942. Forty-six Jews wait at the gates, after the Monte Rosa had transported them from Oslo.
Kiel, 1945. The Monte Rosa is captured by the British and given a new name: the Empire Windrush.
London, 1948. The Empire Windrush docks in England, carrying 600 migrants from the Caribbean.
In Windrush: A Ship Through Time Paul Arnott explores the epic story of a vessel that played a part in some of the most momentous events of the twentieth century, and whose fateful 1948 voyage continues to have consequences - both personal and political - today.
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The ship that gave its name to a generation of immigrants had a fascinating Nazi past ... Paul Arnott paints a rich portrait of life on board the cruiser in its heyday ... an unusual perspective, revealing how a vessel, criss-crossing the oceans, changed history. -- Amelia Gentleman, The Guardian I was so excited about the incredible story you have uncovered on the Windrush ship. I love your approach - this giant object that can tell us a history of the twentieth century -- Andrea Levy, author of Small Island Paul Arnott handles these big questions in the same way a great novelist would: here are the themes; now go and think. -- The Independent