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.
Even today the story still
captivates interest, especially when original material is discovered.
For example, here are pictures of
the American Zamzam survivors as they arrived in San Sebastian,
Spain, on May 31, 1941. Earlier in the day they had been liberated after
being held in German-occupied France for nearly two weeks, and before
that they had been prisoners at sea for more than a month. From Spain
they traveled to Portugal and eventually back to the United States.
These unique pictures were scanned
from the photo album of Mr. Charles Carr, a Red Cross accountant who had
been involved in helping the Zamzam survivors travel through Spain in
1941. The pictures have been made available to us by David Ford, a
collector of World War II era photographs.
Please turn now to "Introduction"
to begin the journey -- The Zamzam Story.