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St. Louis Incident: Jews Seeking Refuge From The Nazis

937 words - 4 pages

On May 13, 1939, the St. Louis was carrying 937 passengers who were just trying to escape the effects of the Holocaust that were starting to spread wildly throughout Germany. Almost all of these passengers were Jews that were escaping from the Third Reich. The German transatlantic liner was scheduled to leave and sail from Hamburg, Germany to Havana, Cuba (2). Their trip was set to last about two weeks, and then they would be rid of all Nazis and German wars. They would remain in Cuba until they met the quota requirements to enter the United States. This was the idea, but this is not what happened.
The Jews wanted desperately to escape what was happening in Germany (2). When they finally got their chance, they jumped at it. This trip was expensive and since a lot of Jews had recently lost their jobs, only few could afford it. Most families could only pool together enough money for one family member to go, and then they hoped that they could make enough money in America to pay for their families’ trip over (1). Many Jews worried about the voyage over and how harsh they would be treated since a Nazi flag flew over the ship. But to their surprise, they were treated quite pleasantly. The St. Louis was a luxury liner so they were treated to nice food and good entertainment. The ship got to Havana on May 27, 1939. Sadly, the passengers had no idea what had gone on while they were on the ship. Just a week before, the Cuban government had altered and the new government did not allowed visas. They would only allow 28 passengers enter the country because they were the only ones who had valid passports (1). The passengers soon became worried. The ship was stranded off the coast of Cuba for 5 days while the crew members decided what to do. If they went back to Germany, most of the Jews would be shipped into concentration camps and would likely not survive, but they couldn’t sail around for months and months on end. The American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee tried to work things out with the Cuban government, but to no avail (3). The ship was then banned from Cuban and it sailed slowly to Miami. Telegrams were sent to the White House asking and pleading to let the passengers enter into America (3). The State Department used the excuse that they would not interfere in foreign affairs, especially those with Cuba so the passengers were not allowed into America. So they had no other option but to start the long and dreadful journey back to the very country that they wanted to escape (1).
After the St. Louis, led by Captain Gustav Schroeder, left Cuban and American waters, it headed back to Germany. On the way back, four countries...

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