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  • Flight and Rescue

    With the help of a Dutch businessman and a Japanese diplomat, some 2,100 Jewish refugees escaped war-torn Europe just months before the mass killings began—ultimately finding safety in the Far East and points beyond.

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  • Voyage of the St. Louis

    On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers. Almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. The German annexation of Austria in March 1938, the increase in personal assaults on Jews during the spring and summer, the nationwide Kristallnacht (“Night of Broken Glass”) pogrom in November, and the subsequent seizure of Jewish-owned property had caused a flood of visa applications. The plight of German-Jewish refugees, persecuted at home and unwanted abroad, is illustrated by the voyage of the St. Louis.

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  • Voyage of the St. Louis

    In 1939, the Cuban government turned away the St. Louis, a transatlantic liner carrying 937 Jews fleeing Nazi Germany. Refused safe haven in the United States as well, the ship returned to Europe. Follow the arduous voyage of the St. Louis and the Museum’s ten-year project to uncover the fates of the passengers.

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