In 1937 the German ocean liner St. Louis set sail from
Hamburg to Cuba. Aboard were nearly 1,000 Jews hoping to escape the Nazis.
But midway across the Atlantic their visas were revoked. First Cuba, then the United States and Canada, refused to take the refugees, who were returned to Europe.
Now historian Scott Miller looks at the fates of these refugees in St. Louis - Refuge Denied on Thursday, August 22, 2013, at 6:30 p.m. at the Plaza Branch, 4801 Main St.
For a decade beginning in 1996 researchers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum worked to uncover the fates of all 937 refugees aboard the St. Louis. They followed the search through archives in Havana, Europe, Israel, and the U.S., and through New York City neighborhoods, to track down leads provided by friends, family members, and others who knew these passengers.
More than a quarter of the ship's passengers died in concentration camps.
The story of the St. Louis was the subject of the 1974 best-seller Voyage of the Damned and a subsequent feature film.
Scott Miller is director of curatorial affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Admission is free. A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. RSVP at kclibrary.org  or call 816.701.3407.