Refuge Denied: The St. Louis’ Passengers and the Holocaust

Scott Miller
Scott Miller of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum examines the fates of the nearly 1,000 Jewish refugees who in 1937 fled Nazi Germany on the ship St. Louis but were returned to Europe after Cuba, the U.S., and Canada denied them refuge.
Thursday, August 22, 2013
6:30 pm
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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.

Scott Miller of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum reveals the varied fates of the 937 refugees aboard the St. Louis, following the clues 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.