Eighty years ago, in early June of 1939, the St. Louis, a passenger ship carrying 937 people – almost all of them Jews fleeing Nazi Germany – was denied entry into both Cuba and the United States. With no refuge in sight, the St. Louis was forced to sail back to Europe. The fates of its passengers, however, remained an unsolved mystery for over 60 years.
Scott Miller, former Director of Curatorial Affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, will discuss his decades-long search to uncover the fate of every passenger from that ill-fated voyage.
“Searching for Survivors: The Fate of the St. Louis Passengers” will be presented on Sunday, October 6, at 7 pm, followed by a dessert reception; dietary laws observed. The talk will take place at the Kaplan Feldman Complex, 12 Millstone Campus Drive.
Scott Miller was a founding staff member of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, where he worked for 30 years and now serves as a consultant on special acquisitions for the Holocaust Museum’s National Institute for Holocaust Documentation. He is the co-author, with Sarah Ogilvie, of Refuge Denied – The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust, the story of their search for the St. Louis passengers.
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. For more information, contact Dan Reich at 314-442-3714 or DReich@JFedSTL.org.
Register at HMLC.org/StLouis.
The talk is generously sponsored by the Rubin and Gloria Feldman Family Educational Institute.