This definitive documentary tells the story of the infamous St. Louis episode as recalled by passengers who made the crossing as children and in readings from the diary of the ship’s captain. In the summer of 1939, the German luxury liner St. Louis sailed from Hamburg to Cuba carrying 937 German Jews.
Most had sold all their belongings to book passage, pay off corrupt German officials, and buy visas to Cuba. But hope turned to despair when Havana suddenly barred the ship’s entry. For thirty excruciating days the St. Louis wandered the seas and was refused haven by every country in the Americas. Finally, passengers were accepted by Holland, France, Belgium, and England. Four months later, World War II began and many of the St. Louis passengers perished in the Holocaust.
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The Voyage of the St. Louis
Canada/France, 1994, 52 minutes
Color/B&W; English, German and French with English subtitles
Directed by Maziar Bahari
Public Exhibition Formats: Beta, DVD