The Zamzam Story - Resources

The Zamzam Story continues to draw interest through new publications, interviews,  presentations, and reunions of survivors.

Survivor Luella Faith Holwerda has 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 Publications, 2011.

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.

Video, DVD and Internet Video

Danielson, Laurence.  Interviews done in 2010 for a Colorado TV station recorded as two YouTube segments, "Sinking of the Zamzam - Part I" (8:29) and "Surviving the Zamzam - Part II" (5:03).

Levitt, Peter.  Interview done in May 2011 by Steve Paikin, Anchor and Senior Editor of the public affairs program "The Agenda with Steve Paikin".  The interview focused on Peter's new book and his Zamzam and internment experience.

Zamzam, A Missionary Odyssey (video, DVD). Chicago: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Distributed by Vision Video, 26 min 21 sec.  This is a documentary produced by Tim Frakes in 1993.

The Web

Billy Graham Center Archives' Collection 624 - Ephemera of the Zamzam Incident.

Fawcett, Mary. "My Family’s Experiences on the Zamzam", text | audio

Google images, 119 Zamzam photos from Life magazine

NewsRadio 1330 KNSS, Wichita, "Zamzam Story Reunites Family", August 15, 2008

Shuster, Bob. Billy Graham Center Archives, "The Zamzam Has Been a Long Time in Sinking!"

Topeka Capital-Journal, "Kansas Siblings Recount Shipwreck", August 17, 2008


Anderson, Eleanor. Miracle at Sea: the Sinking of the Zamzam and Our Family's Rescue. Bolivar, Mo.: Quiet Waters Pub., 2nd rev. ed., 2001

Bonner, Kit and Carolyn. Great Ship Disasters. MBI, 2003, pp. 116-119 and 121.

Brown, Kingsley. Bonds of Wire. Toronto: Harper Collins, 1989

Gossage, Carolyn. Auf Irrfahrt: Sieben kanadische Frauen unterwegs im "Dritten Reich". Berlin: Ch. Links Verag, 2009

Guernsey, Isabel Russell. Free Trip to Berlin. Toronto: Macmillan Co. of Canada, 1943

Guttormson, Olga; Nelson, Jane. Ships Will Sail Again. Minneapolis: Augsburg Pub. House, 1942

Holwerda, Luella Faith. Zamzam's Faith in the Middle. AuthorHouse, 2011

Hoyt, Edwin Palmer. Raider 16. New York, World Pub. Co., 1970

Levitt, Peter. A Memoir on the Sinking of the Zamzam. Toronto: Lugus Publications, 2011

Mohr, Ulrich; Sellwood, Arthur V. Atlantis: the Story of a German Surface Raider, as Told to A. V. Sellwood. London: W. Laurie, 1955

Nadeau, Eugene. La Perle au Fond du Gouffre: Zam-Zam et Barbeles. Montreal: Fides, (12 ed.) 1961

Oiness, Sylvia M. The Sinking of the Zamzam. Elgin, Ill.: General Mission Board, 1942

Pitt, Barrie. The Battle of the Atlantic. Alexandria, Va.: Time-Life Books, 1977

Rogge, Bernhard; Frank, Wolfgang. The German Raider Atlantis. New York: Ballantine Books, 1956

Schellenberg, Daniel, A Cloud of Witnesses: The Life and Work of Alice Schellenberg. Calvary Church, Lancaster, PA, 2012

Slavick, Joseph P., 1964- . The Cruise of the German Raider Atlantis. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2003

Stewart, James W. Sinking of the Zam Zam. Diary of James W. Stewart with the British American Ambulance Corps. Bloomington, IN: iUniverse, 2012

Swanson, Swan Hjalmar, ed. ZAMZAM, the Story of a Strange Missionary Odyssey. Minneapolis: Board of Foreign Missions of the Augustana Synod, 1941

Thomas, Gabe. Milag: Captives of the Kriegsmarine: Merchant Navy Prisoners of War. Germany, 1939-1945. (Pontardawe): The Milag Prisoner of War Association, 1995

Trobisch, Ingrid Hult. On Our Way Rejoicing! New York: Harper & Row, 1964. Republished by Tyndale House, 1986


Murphy, Charles J. V. "The Sinking of the Zamzam," Life, June 23, 1941 and December 15, 1941

Vicovari, Frank. "I Rode a German Raider," Collier's,  July 15, 22, 29, 1944, by Frank Vicovari, as told to Lucian Gray

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