This book is a meticulous reconstruction of a tragic episode in the history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. The SS. St. Louis left Hamburg in May of 1939 with 937 Jewish refugees on board who thought they had bought visas to enter Cuba. Refused entry in Cuba and the United States the ship eventually had to turn around and return to Europe. The voyage to freedom was in the end nothing more than a roundabout journey to the concentration camps.
Acclaimed stage actor Chris Kayser approaches the story of "the ship that shamed the world" with respect and empathy. In May 1939, the SS St. Louis departed Hamburg with 937 Jewish refugees on board. Bound for Havana, the ship fell victim to Nazi propaganda and backroom politics and was denied permission to dock in Cuba and the United States. The St. Louis was forced to return to Europe, where many of its passengers eventually died at the hands of the Nazis. Kayser's deliberate performance avoids overstatement, letting this tragic episode in history speak for itself.
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