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MS St. Louis floor plan

Object | Accession Number: 1991.164.116

Original floor-plan for the ship, MS St. Louis acquired by Liesl Joseph and her family, who were passengers on the ill fated voyage of the ocean liner in the spring of 1939. Liesl, 11, and her parents, Josef and Lilly, left Germany soon after the Kristallnacht pogrom in November 1938. They departed on the Hamburg-Amerika luxury liner, MS St. Louis, sailing for Havana on May 13, 1939. The plan was to wait there for permission to enter the US. But Cuban authorities denied entry to all but 28 of the 937 passengers. Josef chaired the passenger committee that tried to find a safe harbor. Liesl remembers feeling that "as long as my father was involved, we would be all right." After a week, the ship was ordered to leave. The US government refused to make any exception to the quota limits. The ship was forced to head back to Europe on June 6. Jewish aid organizations negotiated with European governments to admit the passengers rather than return them to Germany. The ship docked in Antwerp, Belgium, on June 17 and the Joseph family continued on to England. Joseph was interned as an enemy alien, but when they received US visas, the family departed on the Cameronia and arrived in the US on September 10, 1940.

Date
approximately 1939  (received)
Language
German
English
Classification
Architectural Elements
Object Type
Ships plans (aat)
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Liesl Joseph Loeb
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Record last modified: 2018-05-11 16:11:05
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