Atrocity on the Atlantic tells the largely forgotten story of the sinking of Canadian hospital ship Llandovery Castle in World War One. This attack shocked the world and had huge repercussions on international law and war crime prosecutions.
The ship was torpedoed by a German U-boat in WWI, leading to over 230 deaths. The attack violated international law, prompting a landmark case at the Leipzig War Crimes Trials in 1921. The German Supreme Court’s ruling established key principles for judging war crimes, influencing Nuremberg Trials and the creation of the International Criminal Court in 2002. Sadly, for all the impact it had, the Llandovery Castle tragedy soon faded from memory.
My presentation will discuss the attack, the survivors, and the deceased, why the attack was forgotten, and the aftermath of an atrocity that continues to impact international law today.
In the series:
Jun. 2: Alex Grant on Sex Spies and Scandals: The John Vassall Affair
Jun. 23: Nate Hendley on Atrocity on the Atlantic
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