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Remembering A Voyage Of Doom

Penguin Books

Fact and fiction combine in the book Salt to the Sea, by Repa Sepetys. 

It tells a true story through made-up characters, the story of a ship full of refugees fleeing the Eastern Front in the closing months of World War II.

The Wilhelm Gustloff carried 10,000 people, and most of them died when a Soviet submarine torpedoed the German ship.  Repa Sepetys joins us with the story of her characters within the larger context of a great historical event. 

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Geoffrey Riley is a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and marked his tenth anniversary as the full-time host of the Jefferson Exchange at the end of 2019. He's been a broadcaster in the Rogue Valley for 35 years, working in both television and radio.