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Voyage of the Damned

A Shocking True Story of Hope, Betrayal, and Nazi Terror
Narrated by: Chris Kayser
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: History, European
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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.

©1974 Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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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.

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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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Mesmerizing true tale of man’s inhumanity to others

This is a story so unbelievable that one can only shake their heads in disbelief that it is also a true story. How countries and government officials could turn their backs on over 900 Jewish men, woman, and children whose very existence depended on escape from Nazi Germany defies explanation- and yet it was allowed to happen. Where was compassion? Why was helping fellow human beings relegated to be of less concern than the concern expressed for their animal companions? Did we learn from the experiences of the St Louis or will society’s selfish obsession with public opinion cause us to repeat and condemn future waves of refugees whose only desire is to find a safe place to call home?

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Very good book!!

This is a very well written book with information gathered from individuals who were actually there. It is truly eye opening!!