You can take a step back in time at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago, and step onto a WWII submarine. Visiting the U-505 Nazi submarine, which the U.S. Navy captured in June 1944, is a moving experience.
The museum hosted a special event this year for Veterans Day Weekend, including a catered dinner in the U-505 exhibit. We toured the ship and heard from
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The U.S. kept the whereabouts of the sub and its crew top-secret so the Nazis wouldn’t know we had their equipment or sailors. U.S. officials sequestered the crew of the U-505 at a prisoner of war camp in the United States. The men went without any contact from other prisoners or the Red Cross. And they were not allowed to write to their families to tell them about their fate.
With a survival rate of just 25 percent, serving in a German submarine in WWII was a dangerous assignment. Due to their capture, the crew of the U-505 all made it home safely. Imagine the sadness and then the joy for the families.
Video and Audio options
You also can hear about our visit to the U-505 submarine exhibit by listening to this extended audio edition of what’s on the video: