On May 13, 1939, amidst the strains of the folksong, "Muss i denn," nearly 1,000 German Jewish refugees boarded the MS St. Louis in Hamburg. Their destination: Havana, Cuba.

But after a two-week journey on the high seas, the ship was not allowed to dock and the passengers were not allowed to disembark. Why? Most had bought landing permits in Germany that by Cuban law were no longer considered valid. They could not return to Germany for fear of concentration camps and certain death.
They were homeless.
They were desperate.
For weeks they sailed, reaching out to world leaders and organizations for help. In mid-June they received the glorious news through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee's European Chairman, Morris Troper, that Britain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands would take them in.

I've written a book about this journey from the perspective of the passengers, particularly the children.

Stay tuned for more...