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.
Fred Packer’s cartoon was published in the New York Daily Mirror on June 6, 1939, alongside an editorial titled “Ashamed!” The editorial asserted that the Statue of Liberty “hides her face in shame today as our now stern shores send back this refugee ship.”
The plight of German-Jewish refugees, persecuted at home and unwanted abroad, is illustrated by the voyage of the SS "St. Louis." On May 13, 1939, the SS "St. Louis," a German ocean liner, left Germany with almost a thousand Jewish refugees on board. The refugees' destination was Cuba, but before their arrival the Cuban government revoked their permission to land. The "St. Louis" was forced to return to Europe in June 1939.
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.
The voyage of the St. Louis, a German ocean liner, dramatically highlights the difficulties faced by many people trying to escape Nazi terror. In May 1939, 937 passengers, most Jewish refugees, left Hamburg, Germany, en route to Cuba. Most of them planned eventually to emigrate to the United States and were on the waiting list for admission.