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The Search for the Passengers of the St. Louis
In May 1939, the Cuban government turned away Hamburg–America Line’s MS St. Louis, which carried hopeful Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. The passengers sought safe haven in the U.S. but were rejected again and forced to return to Europe. Scott Miller, of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, recounted how he and a team of researchers—through historical detective work and an exhaustive media campaign—discovered the fates of the 937 passengers of the St. Louis. After an investigation that spanned nine years and half the globe, they told the stories of those whose plight symbolized global indifference to the fate of European Jewry.
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United States Holocaust