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Gilt-plated demitasse spoon embossed with the MS St Louis

Object | Accession Number: 1992.22.1

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    Gilt-plated demitasse spoon embossed with the MS St Louis

    Overview

    Brief Narrative
    Gilded demitasse spoon with an engraved ship image and enamel company logo used prewar on the MS St. Louis. This German ocean liner has become a symbol of the world's, and especially the United States, indifference to the fate of Jews in a Europe dominated by Nazi Germany. On May 13, 1939, the ship left Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba, with 937 passengers, nearly all Jews fleeing Germany. In Havana, only 28 people were allowed to disembark. For a week, the ship remained in port, amid desperate negotiations with Cuban and US authorities. On June 2, it was forced to leave. It drifted for 5 days near the Florida coast until all pleas to the US were rejected, due to strict quota limits and isolationist sentiment. It docked in Antwerp, Belgium, on June 17. Jewish aid organizations had negotiated with European governments to admit the passengers rather than return them to Germany. All those admitted to the United Kingdom, 288, survived; nearly half of those admitted to Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, 278, survived; the rest perished.
    Date
    use:  after 1925-before 1940
    Geography
    use: St. Louis (Ship);
    Credit Line
    United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Henry Kahn, in memory of his grandmother Hedwig Kahn, who like millions of others, had no memorial for her death during the Holocaust
    Markings
    front, handle, logo, black paint : HA / P / AG [Hamburg-Amerikanische Packetfahrt Actien Gesallschaft / Hamburg-America Line]
    front, bottom, engraved : ST. LOUIS

    Physical Details

    Classification
    Household Utensils
    Category
    Flatware
    Genre/Form
    Flatware
    Physical Description
    Gold gilt-plated silver demitasse spoon with a narrow, shallow, oval bowl embossed with the image of the masted bow of an ocean liner, with remnants of blue paint, and the name ST. Louis at the tip. The pedestal shaped neck narrows along the stem, then widens into an arched support for a blue enameled oval medallion with 3 decorative edge knobs. The company logo of a ship's anchor overlaid with a shield lettered HAPAG is painted in gold on the blue field.
    Dimensions
    overall: Height: 3.750 inches (9.525 cm) | Width: 0.500 inches (1.27 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)
    Materials
    overall : metal, enamel paint

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    No restrictions on access
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Corporate Name
    St. Louis (Ship)

    Administrative Notes

    Provenance
    The spoon was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991 by Henry Kahn.
    Funding Note
    The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.
    Record last modified:
    2023-09-01 08:36:21
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