Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust by Sarah A. OgilvieRefuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust by Sarah A. Ogilvie

Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust

bySarah A. Ogilvie, Scott MillerOtherUnited States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Paperback | March 18, 2010

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The ordeal of the refugee ship St. Louis has become a symbol of the world’s indifference to the plight of European Jewry on the eve of the Holocaust. In the spring of 1939, more than nine hundred Jewish refugees boarded the St. Louis in Hamburg, Germany, hoping to escape escalating oppression by the Nazi government. The ship was denied entry, and nearly all of its passengers denied asylum, by Cuba and the United States. Returning on an uncertain voyage to Europe, the refugees eventually were accepted by four western European countries, but only the 288 sent to England evaded the Nazi grip that closed upon continental Europe a year later.
    Although the episode of the St. Louis is well known, the actual fates of the passengers, once they disembarked, slipped into historical obscurity. Prompted by a former passenger’s curiosity, Sarah Ogilvie and Scott Miller of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum set out to discover what happened to each of the 937 passengers. Their investigation, spanning ten years and half the globe, took them to unexpected places and produced surprising results.
Sarah A. Ogilvie is director of the National Institute for Holocaust Education at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Scott Miller is director of curatorial affairs at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
Title:Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the HolocaustFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:March 18, 2010Publisher:University of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0299219844

ISBN - 13:9780299219840

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"Irrespective of what we think of America's action, we now know that the statement 'we will never really know' what happened to the other passengers is simply wrong. [At last] the final stage in the saga of these very unlucky passengers has been rescued from oblivion."--Deborah Lipstadt, from the preface

Editorial Reviews

“Prodigiously researched and generously illustrated with photographs. . . . This valuable contribution to Holocaust studies provides emotionally satisfying closure as the authors, staffers at [the United States] Holocaust Memorial Museum, track the passengers and give a human face to mass tragedy.”—Publishers Weekly