April 12 -September 6, 1999
[no passes required]

On May 13, 1939, more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany left Hamburg aboard the St. Louis, sailing toward what they thought would be a safe haven. This exhibition chronicles their ill-fated odyssey and, 60 years later, the search for the ship's passengers.

April 12 through September 6, 1999

Museum extended hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily, Thursdays until 8 p.m.



The public programs announced here were held in conjunction with the Museum's special exhibition.

April 20
The Search for the St. Louis Passengers
7 p.m.

Researchers Sarah Ogilvie and Scott Miller's behind-the-scenes look into the Museum's two-year effort to document the fate of every passenger.


May 4-6
Double Crossed: The Saga of the St. Louis
May 4, 5, and 6, 2 p.m.
May 4 and 6, 7 p.m.

David Gonzalez' one-man multimedia review of the ship's voyage through the eyes of passengers, the captain, Cuban officials, and President Franklin D. Roosevelt. (Appropriate for teenagers and adults)


May 20
Lecture: The American Response
7 p.m.

By Professor Henry Feingold, Bernard Baruch College, author of The Politics of Rescue.


May 27
Lecture: The Cuban Response
7 p.m.

By Professor Robert Levine, University of Miami, author of Tropical Diaspora.


June 3
An Evening with Three Survivors of the St. Louis
7 p.m.

The experiences of passengers Henry Blumenstein, Ruth Loeb Forest, and Ilse Marcus, and the aftermath of their ill-fated voyage.


June 10
An Evening with Amy Zahl Gottleib
7 p.m.

This World War II relief worker and researcher tells the story of the 287 St. Louis passengers admitted to England.


July 15
Film & Filmmakers: The Voyage of the St. Louis
7 p.m.

Arnie Gelbert, Canadian film producer

The voyage of the St. Louis recounted through vintage photographs, rare archival footage, and the remembrances of nine survivors.


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