Picture of the S.S. St. Louis. This was the ship that was carrying almost 1000 Jews, who had managed to escape Europe. As they were sailing to North America they thought they would be free. Upon arrival, the Canadian, American, and Cuban Government denied access to the country. So they had to sail all the way back to Europe were they were captured. This effected all the Jewish people on board, as well as it shows that Canada was not always so accepting as it is today.
June 4th, 1939; The SS St. Louis is denied permission to dock in Florida. Having been previously denied entry by Canada and Cuba. The St. Louis returns to Europe with it 963 Jewish refugees. Approximately 200 of the passengers are eventually killed in Nazi Concentration Camps.
Voyage of the Damned: Story of the MS St Louis in 1939. 937 Jews on board, the ship, bound for Havana, fell victim to Nazi propaganda and a cruel shift in political power in Cuba. Denied permission to dock, the St Louis returned to Europe!
A woman surrounded by her children cries after the refugees on the SS St Louis were denied landing in Cuba, June 7, 1939. The more than 900 German Jews had already been denied refuge in the US and now would be returning to Europe. via reddit
Antwerpen, Belgium, Passengers of the St. Louis ship disembarking after they were not permitted entry into Cuba and America, 17/06/1939 They were sent to death camps. Thank you President Roosevelt for being an asshole and not allowing these Jews into the USA and proving Hitlers experiment with this ship. Hitler said no one will take the Jews or help them. He was correct.
Bert and Anna Bochove hid 37 Jews in their pharmacy at Huizen, an Amsterdam suburb. During the Holocaust and WWII the family hid, fed and provided for the Jews that they were hiding and their actions were noticed as the couple were named "Righteous Among the Nations." Actions like these showed that Despite the fact that Europeans did join Germany in the murder of Jews, showed that individuals all around Europe also risked their lives to help Jews.
SS St Louis: The ship of Jewish refugees nobody wanted. In 1939, a ship carrying more than 900 German Jews sailed from Hamburg to Cuba but was turned away by authorities in Havana and had to return to Europe.
A group of passengers from the MS St. Louis arrive in France after the ship returned to Europe. 1939. The ship full of Jews, rejected by USA for immigration and sent back to Europe where passengers sent to death camps
Gustav Schröder (September 27, 1885 – January 10, 1959) was a sea captain, who is best known for attempting to save 937 German Jews, who were passengers on his ship, the S.S. St. Louis, from the Nazis in 1939.