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"The saddest ship afloat" : the tragedy of the MS St. Louis

Author: Allison Lawlor
Publisher: Halifax, NS : Nimbus Publishing Limited, [2016]
Series: Stories of our past.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"On May 13, 1939, the eve of the Second World War, the MS St. Louis left port in Hamburg, Germany, headed for Havana, Cuba. Among the ship's passengers were more than six hundred Jews attempting to escape Nazi rule. But most of the visas the passengers had purchased turned out to be fake and after several days in limbo in Havana's harbour, the ship's captain turned back for Europe. Canadian and American activists  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Allison Lawlor
ISBN: 9781771083997 1771083999
OCLC Number: 932093339
Description: vii, 118 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits, colour maps ; 21 cm.
Contents: Life in 1930s Germany --
Onboard the MS St. Louis --
Canadians petition the government --
Cairine Wilson's valiant battle --
A refugee's story : Marianne Echt --
Canadian immigration policies --
Lasting lessons.
Series Title: Stories of our past.
Responsibility: Allison Lawlor.

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"On May 13, 1939, the eve of the Second World War, the MS St. Louis left port in Hamburg, Germany, headed for Havana, Cuba. Among the ship's passengers were more than six hundred Jews attempting to escape Nazi rule. But most of the visas the passengers had purchased turned out to be fake and after several days in limbo in Havana's harbour, the ship's captain turned back for Europe. Canadian and American activists petitioned their governments to accept the refugees on humanitarian grounds, but to no avail. On its return, the ship would distribute its passengers among European countries, and over the course of the war, an estimated 250 would die in the Nazi-run concentration camps. The latest in the Stories of our Past series is illustrated with photos and sidebar features on the voyage, glimpses into the lives of passengers, a look at Canada's postwar refugee policy, and memorials dedicated to preserving the story of this tragic event in Canadian immigration history."--

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