75th Anniversary of The Ill-Fated Voyage of the St. Louis

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The Ill-Fated Voyage of the St. Louis (75th Anniversary)
Lecture presented by Dr. Scott Miller

On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner SS St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers, almost all Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. Most were German citizens, some were from Eastern Europe, and a few were officially “stateless.” The Cuban government turned away the St. Louis. After being refused safe haven in the United States as well, the ship returned to Europe. Over the years, this voyage has come to symbolize the world’s indifference to the plight of European Jewry on the eve of World War II.\

Enjoy this informative lecture by Dr. Scott Miller, director of curatorial affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. For ten years, beginning in 1996, Scott Miller and Sarah Ogilvie of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum worked to uncover the fates of all 937 refugees aboard the St. Louis. Dr. Miller’s lecture will discuss their findings. It will be followed by a panel discussion on the Cuban and U.S. political contexts.

This event is part of the Latin American Caribbean Center and Jewish Studies Latin American Jewry Initiative. Co-sponsored by the Cuban Research Institute at FIU.

Free and open to the public. RSVP: info@jewishmuseum.com or 786-972-3175.