Researching the Passengers and Voyage of the MS St. Louis

I had first heard the story of the St. Louis while I was growing up. It was unimaginable to me that no one was willing to help these passengers, not even President and Mrs. Roosevelt.
The story stuck with me.
Fast forward to 2009. I read Refuge Denied by Scott Miller and Sarah Ogilvie of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and knew that I had to write a children's book about this event.
With Scott Miller's help, I received the contact information for several survivors in the New Jersey/Pennsylvania area and set out to interview them. I had no idea that one of them, Hans Fisher, lived right across the Raritan River, a few short miles from where I live.
I interviewed seven people in all, including one phone conversation with Herbert Karliner in Florida. They graciously allowed me to record them and spend time with them in their homes.
I also spent two days in New York City at the archives of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. I visited the Museum of Jewish Heritage - a Living Memorial to the Holocaust, where I studied the museum's permanent exhibit of the St. Louis. I watched videos and that's where I heard "Muss i denn," a song I knew well from my German studies.
I spent another two days at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., spending time with the historians and photo archivists as well as using the Shoah Foundation online video testimonies.