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Voyage Of The St. Louis And The War Refugee Board

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It was once said from an unknown journalist “If we had behaved like humane and generous people instead of complacent, cowardly ones, the two million Jews lying today in the earth of Poland and Hitler’s other crowded graveyards would be alive and safe…. We had it in our power to rescue this doomed people and we did not lift a hand to do it—or perhaps it would be fairer to say that we lifted just one cautious hand, encased in a tight-fitting glove of quotas and visas and affidavits, and a thick layer of prejudice.” (Medoff) America failed to live to their responsibility as a world leader; to stand up to Hitler and the Nazis; they should have accepted the Jewish immigrants; thus greatly minimizing the impact of the Holocaust.

Background:
The United States quotas allowed thousands of Jews into America. However, numerous more were declined once the United States reached their quota(United States Holocaust Memorial Museum). The War Refugee Board began in January of 1944(THE WAR REFUGEE BOARD). Only 450,000-500,000 Jews survived the Holocaust. Also, the amount Jews saved by America, would have been killed in approximately one week at Auschwitz(Steven Mintz). numerous people who went on the Voyage of the St. Louis, ended up dying by the end of the Holocaust. numerous of the passengers applied for United States visas, yet the American quota was never increased, and the passengers were denied(VOYAGE OF THE ST. LOUIS). During the Holocaust, The United States quota policy would’ve allowed 27,370 German Jews. This quota was increased by 7,000 in 1935 even though 82% of Americans disagree with this due to the Great Depression(Constitutional Rights Foundation). This however was one of the few things the U.S government did until the War Refugee Board(Edelheit 132). There were numerous chances for the United States Government to stand up as a world power, and protect the Jews being killed in the Holocaust, yet the United States never stood up and protected the Jews

Voyage of the St. Louis
The Voyage of the St. Louis was an excellent time to accept immigrants, and set an example to other countries, yet the United States denied the chance. The Captain of the St. Louis Planned to wait until the United States changed their quota; this however never happened. The United States turned down the passenger's request. They then sailed so close to Florida, they could see the Miami lights. They then turned the boat around(VOYAGE OF THE ST. LOUIS). This lead to the preventable death of numerous Jews.

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