Voyage of the St. Louis
Rescuing the evidence of the Holocaust has long been a goal of the Museum. In the years prior to opening in 1993, curators from the Collections division sought out former passengers from the St. Louis, members of relief agencies, and archives to document this history through artifacts, documents, and oral testimony. As a result, the Museum soon became the world’s leading repository for materials relating to this voyage, and this collection spurred on some pioneering research on the fates of the passengers during the Holocaust.
The Museum's ongoing efforts to rescue the evidence continue to yield important results for survivors, scholars, educators, and the general public. The artifacts are preserved for posterity and made accessible to researchers and the public. To support its next special exhibition on Americans and the Holocaust, opening in 2018, the Museum seeks new donations that relate to this theme.