Re: the SS St. Louis #general


Naidia Woolf <rnwoolf@...>
 

There was an interesting (and poignant) article in the Parade section of my
local (San Francisco) newspaper about the American ship SS St. Louis and
its over 900 Europeans (mostlyJews) who a few short months before war was
declared in Europe in September 1939, were fleeing the Nazis - and almost
certain incarceration and death. On May 13, 1939, the ship attempted to
land at a U.S. port (in Florida) but despite "urgent telegrams to every
level of the U.S. government, including President Roosevelt," permission
was never granted. Instead, Coast Guard boats "patrolled the waters to
prevent anyone >from swimming to shore." On June 7, the St. Louis was
forced to turn round and return to Europe. Today there are dedicated
researchers at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.
trying to determine the fate of the passengers on the ill-fated St. Louis.
Of the 619 who were offered sanctuary by France, Holland and Belgium, about
260 ultimately were deported and killed. At least 460 of the more than 900
passengers, however, survived the Holocaust and were traced to the U.S. (a
small comfort, but comfort nevertheless). The Museum's Survivors Registry
is the name of the database which documents the fates of individual
European Jews -- at present the Registry includes the names and
biographical information of more than 185,000 survivors and their
descendants. [Similar to the records and testimonials held by Yad Vashem
in Israel: my comment.]

For more information about the S.S. St. Louis, the reader is asked to
visit www.parade.com on the Web, or - if able to help (by furnishing
information about the passengers on the St. Louis), to contact Scott Miller
at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum - e-mail smiller@ushmm.org; www

I have no financial interest in the above newspaper, nor in the Holocaust
Memorial Museum or its Survivors Registry. This message has been posted
simply because of what I believe is the "need to know."

Naidia Woolf
San Francisco, CA

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