spring of 1941, before the United States had entered World War II, the
passenger ship Zamzam was sunk by a German raider in the
South Atlantic. Among the Zamzam's 201
passengers were 142 Americans, most of whom were
missionaries en route to Africa. The dramatic sinking and
miraculous rescue became headline news in 1941.
The Zamzam Story continues to draw interest through new
publications, interviews, presentations, and reunions of survivors.
Survivor Luella Faith Holwerda has recently published a children's book
about the Zamzam. It is titled "Zamzam's
Faith in the Middle", Bloomington, Indiana: AuthorHouse, 2011.
Peter Levitt, also a Zamzam survivor, has written a book titled "A
Memoir on the Sinking of the Zamzam", Toronto: Lugus
In May 2011 Peter Levitt was interviewed by Steve Paikin, Anchor and
Senior Editor of the public affairs program "The
Agenda with Steve Paikin". The interview, which focused on Peter's
new book and the Zamzam and internment experience, was televised
on TVO, the public TeleVision station for Ontario, Canada.
Jim Stewart, a resourceful
leader among the ambulance drivers traveling on the Zamzam, has
written a book titled "Sinking
of the Zam Zam. Diary of James W. Stewart with the British American
Ambulance Corps", Bloomington, Indiana: iUniverse, 2012.
He half completed a draft of this book in 1941 and died in 1958.
Using his diary, the book was edited by Jim's son David Stewart, his
wife Marilou Stewart, and their daughter, Deborah S. Weber.
Daniel Schellenberg has
written an inspiring book about his mother, Zamzam survivor Alice
Schellenberg. The book, published in 2012 by Calvary Church, Lancaster,
PA, is titled: "A
Cloud of Witnesses: The Life and Work of Alice Schellenberg". In
addition to the Zamzam story, the book tells about Alice's
dedicated service as a mother and missionary nurse, serving mostly in
Kenya. Her faith and good sense helped her through many unusual
hardships. Turning 99 years of age in October, 2012, Alice now resides
in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The book may be ordered from Calvary Church,
1051 Landis Valley Road, Lancaster, PA 17601.
Photos and comments from the 2010 reunion of Zamzam survivors and
families may be viewed in the "Survivors
and Reunions" section. Also, two interviews by Laurence
Danielson in 2010 have been recorded as YouTube segments and may be
viewed in "Resources".