The Voyage of St.Louis

Madison Bryan P1-Benda


The holocaust was during World War 2, when Hitler, a dictator, took over Germany and was forcing Jews into concentration camps. Many Jews boarded ships and traveled to other countries to find sanctuary. One voyage was called the voyage of St. Louis, but this voyage was very different than any other voyages.
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People Boarding the St. Louis

The Journey There

On the ship, there was 937 passengers and only two deaths, one was due to disese and the other was due to a crew member jumping overboard."It was really something to be going on a luxury liner,” says Gisela Feldman. “We didn't really know where we were heading, or how we would cope when we got there.” Gisela was fiften when she boarded the boat and at the age of ninety she still remembers the emotions and feelings she felt boarding the boat with her mother and younger sister. The whole voyage took five days, but on a late Friday afternoon, the last full day on the ship before arrival, Captain Gustav Schoerder received a telegram stating that his ship, the St. Louis, was not allowed to dock his passengers at the originally planned docking site, Hapag’s Pier. When the ship arrived in the Havana Harbor Immigration officers and Cuban police boarded the ship, but suddenly the Immigration officers left without an explanation. The police stayed on board guarding the accommodation ladder to assure that no passengers left the ship.

Lanchin, Mike. "SS St Louis: The Ship of Jewish Refugees Nobody Wanted - BBC News." BBC NeSt. Louis ws., 13 May 2014. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

"What Was the Holocaust?" The Holocaust Museum. Minneapolis: Brenda Haugen, 8-17. Print.

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The St. Louis waiting for officials to give them word in Havana Harbor

No One Wanted Us

The St. Louis and all of its passengers waited in Havana Harbor for many days. Even after persuading the Cubans the Cuban Official soon gave word that they were not excepting any more immigrants due to an immigration overflow. Indecisive where to go, the travelers then decided to go to The United States of America. St. Louis traveled to Florida begging the U.S to let them in, but they said no and used the same reason as the Cubans. Stranded and not knowing where to go the voyage then had to go back to Germany. After returning back to Germany most of the passengers were spilt up into concentration camps, by the end of the war almost all of the passengers died.

"United States Holocaust Memorial Museum." United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

Rosenberg, Jennifer. "Tragedy of S.S St. Louis." Jewish Virtual Library., 20 May 2014. Web. 21 Jan. 2016.

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this man is the captain of the St. Louis, Gustav Shroerder

Other Interesting Facts

1.) The Voyage of St. Louis set sail in May 1939

2.) On May 27, 1939, the passengers were denied of entry into Cuba

3.) On June 6, 1939, the passengers set sail back to Germany after being declined of entry by Cuba and The United States of America

4.) When the St. Louis first went to Europe they stayed in France, but then the french people admitted the Jews back to Germany.

5.) The St. Louis stayed at Havana Harbor for 12 days


This voyage was one of the most remembered journeys during the whole Holocaust. In fact there is even a museum, The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, that has a whole section just to feature The Voyage of St. Louis. Even though many of the passengers passed away, their stories still live on.
Jewish refugees from Germany arrive on the ship Saint Louis in Havana, Cuba. HD Stock Footage

the St. Louis waiting in the Havana harbor for the Cuban's decision to except them or not

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