The 75th Anniversary of the Voyage of the MS St. Louis
Lecture by Mr. Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
On May 13, 1939, the German transatlantic liner MS St. Louis sailed from Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba. On the voyage were 937 passengers, almost all Jews fleeing from the Third Reich. Most were German citizens, some were from Eastern Europe, and a few were officially “stateless.”
The Cuban government turned away the MS St. Louis. After being refused safe haven in the United States as well, the ship returned to Europe. Over the years, this voyage has come to symbolize the world’s indifference to the plight of European Jewry on the eve of World War II.
For ten years, beginning in 1996, Mr. Scott Miller and Sarah Ogilvie of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum worked to uncover the fates of all 937 refugees aboard the MS St Louis. Mr. Miller’s lecture will discuss their findings.
The lecture will be followed by a panel discussion with:
- Mr. Herb Karliner, Holocaust survivor and passenger on the MS St Louis
- Dr. Frank Mora, Director of the Latin American and Caribbean Center (LACC) and Professor of Politics and International Relations at Florida International University
- Dr. Margalit Bejarano, Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Latin American Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Co-sponsored by the Latin American Jewry Initiative, a joint project of the Latin American and Caribbean Center and Jewish Studies Initiatives, Cuban Research Institute, and the Ruth K. and Shephard Broad Distinguished Lecture Series.
This event is free and open to the public.
For more information call 305-348-7266