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Holocaust Encyclopedia: Voyage of the St. Louis

In May of 1939, passengers boarded the S.S. St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany. Almost all of the 937 passengers aboard the St. Louis were Jewish refugees who were in the process of applying for visas to enter the United States from Cuba. When the Cuban government refused to admit all but 28 of these passengers, some of the passengers personally appealed to U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt for...