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Acclaimed stage actor Chris Kayser approaches the story of "the ship that shamed the world" with respect and empathy. In May 1939, the SS St. Louis departed Hamburg with 937 Jewish refugees on board. Bound for Havana, the ship fell victim to Nazi propaganda and backroom politics and was denied permission to dock in Cuba and the United States. The St. Louis was forced to return to Europe, where many of its passengers eventually died at the hands of the Nazis. Kayser's deliberate performance avoids overstatement, letting this tragic episode in history speak for itself.

Publisher's Summary

This book is a meticulous reconstruction of a tragic episode in the history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. The SS. St. Louis left Hamburg in May of 1939 with 937 Jewish refugees on board who thought they had bought visas to enter Cuba. Refused entry in Cuba and the United States the ship eventually had to turn around and return to Europe. The voyage to freedom was in the end nothing more than a roundabout journey to the concentration camps.

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Heartbreaking

Well done story of the holocaust. It's hard to understand how people. in dire circumstances could be turned away so callously. This book is worth the read.

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  • Neil
  • San Francisco, CA, United States
  • 09-04-14

There were Good Germans and Bad Nazi's

Excellent book about the the prelude to war and the final solution. The captain did all he could to help save the boat people. The Nazi's had spies on board, and the Cuban government was wishy washy to let the people land and then they said no even if money was paid. There were suicides, and you can imagine the desperation of these travelers trying to get free from the country that didn't want them alive. The Nazi's wanted the ship to return just to complete their final solution even though they could have let them go. Eventually many were free to land in England and France, but France was later taken over so free for a time. This is a very good read of real history of hundreds of family's fleeing a disparate situation.

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Terrible narrator

I think this is my first ever review and I was compelled to give one because the narration was so bad. It was like a male version of Siri was reading the book out loud. I can't get past the first chapter. I'll have to read the ebook myself.