07/03/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Death On The Baltic: The Day 7,000 Holocaust Survivors Died At British Hands

On May 3, 1945, thousands of prisoners were loaded onto ships in Lübeck Bay, off the northern coast of Germany. They had endured years of Nazi brutality and were within hours of Allied liberation and the end of a seemingly endless hell. Before that hour could arrive, more than 7,000 would be dead in one of the greatest maritime disasters of World War II. My grandfather was there.