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Surviving The Hindenburg

Surviving The Hindenburg

Sleeping Bear Press

ISBN: 1585367877
Author: Larry Verstraete

I'd like to share with you this great book entitled Surviving The Hindenburg. The author is Larry Verstraete and it is published by Sleeping Bear Press. This went on sale sometime in February of 2012. The child's book is 32 pages long. It's 10.98"H x 9.09"L x 0.39"W and weighs around 0.95 lbs.

On May 6, 1937, the giant German airship the Hindenburg exploded in a ball of fire as it attempted to land at Lakehurst Navel Base in New Jersey. Through Werner's memories young readers will explore the inner workings of the giant airship, marvel at the breathtaking vistas from its observation windows, and hold their breath during Werner's terrifying escape from the fiery devastation. In Surviving the Hindenburg, writer Larry Verstrate recounts young Werner's story with the airship's final voyage. Of the 93 people on board, a remarkable 62 survived, including Werner Franz, the ship's 14-year-old cabin boy."Then I began operating."Captured in detailed, dramatic artwork, the story employing the doomed airship comes alive for readers and history buffs of all ages."My mind didn't start working again until I was on the ground,"Werner said, later.

A. Until the Hindenburg disaster, lighter-than-air transport had a vivid future. Production of new airships ceased, existing zeppelins were dismantled, and airplanes moved in to fill the void. When the Hindenburg was decreased to rubble, faith in lighter-than-air travel crumbled. So, in several ways, the demise with the Hindenburg was a turning point inside the history of aviation. It was a significant occasion inside a quantity of methods. The Hindenburg was the largest and most elegant of all zeppelins, capable of carrying huge loads great distances in an energy-efficient and supposedly safe manner.

The Hindenburg disaster was also a pivotal moment inside the history of broadcasting. Today, with access to the Internet, all it takes is a click of the mouse to view that footage or to hear Herbert Morrison's emotional report using the Hindenburg's tragic finish and to realize the impact that sort of reporting must have had at the time. Like no other single event, the Hindenburg disaster demonstrated the immediacy using the emerging media and its possible to stir public emotion and opinion. Film crews and reporters were waiting at the Lakehurst, New Jersey internet site ready to document the landing.

A. Werner Franz, the youngest crew member, was one of these. Here was a young man using a sense of adventure, not much older than readers themselves, who managed to live through a horrible experience. Incredibly, employing the 93 folks on board, 62 made it. Start to finish, the whole factor was more than in 32 fiery seconds. With flames leaping overhead, he had the wherewithal to figure out an escape route in the few seconds he had left. Watching footage of the Hindenburg disaster, you can't help but marvel that any person in fact survived. I figured that focusing on the experiences of just one specific person, young Werner Franz, was the best strategy to provide the large-scale, historical moment a personal and instant touch. He was someone I felt readers could identify with, someone they could cheer on when things looked bleak. His story of survival was amazing, a mixture of fierce determination and luck.

A. It meant digging by way of a good deal of research material and viewing archival footage from the airship's interior to get towards the point exactly where I felt secure enough to tell the story. Telling it through Werner's eyes also meant that I needed get under his skin to know him as nicely as the actions he took. Many written accounts inside the Hindenburg disaster--the film footage and radio broadcast too--are told from the perspective of someone watching the occasion from the ground. When there had been differing details inside the literature, I was in a position to go back to his first-person accounts to verify the choices he developed at the same time as the reasons he acted as he did. Fortunately, Werner Franz had been interviewed a number of times more than the years, and I was able to read or hear his personal accounts of the occasion. But telling the story by means of the experiences of Werner Franz meant that the story had to turn into told from inside the airship. I also had to plot the route followed by Werner. I felt a strong connection to him and his story. To get it right, I required to realize the inner workings of the Hindenburg, the layout of cabins, the position of the keel walkway, gas bags in addition to other attributes of the interior.

A. In Werner's story that was certainly true. Besides learning about the Hindenburg, its pivotal role in history, and the circumstances surrounding Werner's own escape, I hope readers will learn something about character and how it is forged at critical times like this. The true test of a person's mettle comes not at moments of calm and contentment, but for the duration of periods of turmoil and unrest. The cabin boy rose towards the occasion, demonstrating a mix of boldness, persistence, and quick thinking that allowed him to escape.

A. Numerous things about the Hindenburg were surprises: its sheer size, its vast capabilities, the hope it generated for the future of flight; but largely I was surprised by how technologically advanced it was for its time. It was equipped with each of the latest navigational gear, intricate weather instruments, sophisticated communication systems--the complete nine yards.

Werner Franz was a surprise too, specifically in the plucky attitude he displayed. After the disaster, he nevertheless hung on to that hope."I didn't realize initially that becoming the cabin boy aboard the Hindenburg was a type of dream job for him. He was an adventurous soul, and the prospect of visiting far-off areas thrilled him. A week after the Hindenburg's failed landing, he reportedly asked a representative in the German Air Ministry this question:"When the subsequent zeppelin is ready, may I fly again with her? He hoped to develop a career out of zeppelin travel and at some point perform his way up the ranks to other positions.

A. Really, there are so several that it's tough to pick just a single. One that stands out immediately, though, is To Kill a Mockingbird. I 1st read the book when I was a teenager, and then again later in life. Each time, I walked away with distinct understandings and felt that in some way I had been altered because of what I had study. Tough question. That, to me, could be the mark of a great book.


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