- Persson Hall
- 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Lecture - The St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis
The St. Louis and the Refugee Crisis
Dr. Diane Afoumado
Chief of the ITS Research Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
In summer 1939, more than 900 German and Austrian Jews boarded the S.S. St. Louis hoping to escape Nazi persecution. Most of them had legal documents to disembark in Havana, which they hoped would be a place of refuge before they eventually emigrated to the U.S. However, complicated Cuban, American, and international politics forced the passengers back to Europe. After disembarkment in Antwerp, the refugees dispersed between Belgium, the Netherlands, France, and Great-Britain. Dr. Afoumado will present the St. Louis' dramatic story using archival documents, photos, and artifacts from the collections of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, placing that tale into the larger context of the refugee crisis of the late 1930s.
Dr. Diane F. Afoumado is Chief of the ITS Research Branch at the Holocaust Survivors and Victims Resource Center at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC. Formerly Assistant Professor of Contemporary History at the University of Paris X-Nanterre and the Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales in Paris, she worked for the two French Commissions related to compensation to Jewish victims. She also worked as a Historian for the Archival Division of the Centre de Documentation Juive Contemporaine - Mémorial de la Shoah.
Alan Solomon, MD
Campus Outreach Lecture Program, Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
Colgate University History Department and Jewish Studies Program
The presentation is free and open to the public. Reservations are not required.
- Persson Hall