Voyage of the Damned

Sobering. I wonder what the rednecks response to this would be. Sometimes I am so ashamed to be Australian and I am constantly ashamed of our current government.


On May 13, 1939 the St. Louis steamed out of the port of Hamburg, Germany, with 937 Jews on board who were desperately attempting to flee from Nazi rule.  26,000 Jews had already been arrested and deported to concentration camps.  The ship was bound for Cuba, and its voyage became known as the Voyage of the Damned. stlouis- United States Holocaust Memorial Museum photo

Landing permits were required for entry into Cuba, and in early 1939 a decree (Decree 55) was passed which drew a distinction between the landing of refugees and tourists. The decree stated that all refugees needed visas and were required to pay a bond.  The decree also stated that tourists did not need visas, only landing permits, but did not define the difference between a refugee and a tourist.  The Cuban Director of Immigration at the time, Manuel Benitez, decided that he would take advantage of this loophole to make money.  He sold…

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