When the steamship St. Louis arrived at the port of Miami in June 1939 with 909 Jewish refugees onboard who were fleeing persecution and seeking a safe haven in the United States, refuge was denied…and the world was changed forever.
NOW 70 YEARS LATER…
THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CONTINUITY, INC. INVITES YOU
TO MEET THE SURVIVING PASSENGERS OF THAT FATEFUL VOYAGE, HEAR THEIR STORIES, AND BE PART OF AN INTERNATIONAL HISTORY-MAKING WATERSHED EVENT IN JEWISH HISTORY
THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SS ST. LOUIS VOYAGE, PASSENGER REUNION AND COMMEMORATIVE EVENT
Sunday, December 13, 2009 – Eden Roc Renaissance Resort, Miami, Florida
Registration and Debut of a special PowerPoint of the SS St. Louis Voyage from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum archives.
Luncheon and Program Begins, Introductions of SS St. Louis Passengers and Dignitaries.
Premiere of “The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt“, an original play by Robert Krakow (trustee of the passenger-signed U.S. Senate Resolution 111 documents) for which you, the audience, serve as the jury.
Official Passenger Resolution Signing and Presentation to United States National Archives “Legislative Treasures Vault”, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, Oskar Schindler Family Archives, and other significant institutions around the world for preservation and public display.
Menorah Lighting With SS St. Louis Passengers
Beachfront SS St. Louis Commemoration Ceremony
DISTINGUISHED GUESTS, SPEAKERS & PRESENTERS TO INCLUDE*:
· SS St. Louis Passengers: Herbert Karliner, Liesl Loeb, and Col. Phil Freund (U.S. Army Retired) and many more surviving survivors assembled from around the world will share stories about that fateful voyage and the impact of the American refusal on the global Jewish population and the world.
· Rev. Rosemary Schindler, Relative of Oskar Schindler and Trustee of the Oskar Schindler Family Archives
· Richard Hunt, Director for The U.S. Center for Legislative Archives (National Archives)
· Scott Miller, Director of Curatorial Affairs of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
· Ofer Bavly, Consul General of the State of Israel
· Klaus H. D. Ranner, Consul General of the Federal Republic of Germany representing his country and the Jewish Museum of Berlin
· Aaron Bernstein, Southern Director for the American Society for Yad Vashem
· The Honorable Ron Klein, United States Congressman-Florida and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, who will receive the Passengers Appreciation Award for his efforts in authoring and spearheading the passage of the Florida State Holocaust Education Act that mandated the teaching of the lessons of the Holocaust in all of the state’s public schools.
· Robert Krakow, Playwright/Documentarian and Trustee for the U.S. Senate Resolution 111
· Howard Kaye, President, The National Foundation For Jewish Continuity, Inc.
Jewish Museum of Berlin
The National Foundation For Jewish Continuity, Inc.
SS ST. LOUIS PASSENGERS:
HERBERT KARLINER, LIESL LOEB, COL. PHIL FREUND, U.S. ARMY (Retired)
ROBERT KRAKOW, PLAYWRIGHT/DOCUMENTARIAN
HOWARD AND PAMELA KAYE, THE NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR JEWISH CONTINUITY, INC.
Jon And Bonnie (Sparaga) Kaye, The National Foundation For Jewish Continuity, Inc. board members
Arlene Herson, national chair of the Legacy of Light Society of the United States Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C.
Nancy and Barry Dershaw, Next Generations
Rabbi Barry J. Konovitch, event chairman for the 50th Anniversary Of The SS St. Louis Voyage
Betty Heisler Samuels, Historian And Author: “The Last Minyan To Leave Havana”
Rabbi Yossi Denburg
Dr. Irvin And Katherine Fleishman
Guy Fronstin, Esq.
Chuck Gaspari, Esq.
Ruth Ann Kalish
Gary Lesser, Esq.
The National Foundation for Jewish Continuity, Inc., is a non-profit private foundation that has applied for tax exempt status as a 501(c)(3) charity with the IRS. IRS approval is pending. Upon receiving our exempt status we will notify you of the deductible/non-deductible portion of your contribution.
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THE 70th ANNIVERSARY OF THE SS ST. LOUIS VOYAGE, PASSENGER REUNION, AND COMMEMORATIVE EVENT
Join us to witness the:
- Historic ceremonial passenger signing of U.S. Senate Resolution 111 acknowledging the U.S. government’s watershed decision that changed the world forever.
- Presentation of the signed document to director of the U.S. National Archives “Legislative Treasures Vault”, which houses the most significant original documents of Congress for preservation and public display.
- Presentation of signed U.S. Senate Resolution 111 documents to the United States National Archives “Legislative Treasures Vault”, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C.; State of Israel; Yad Vashem; Jewish Museum of Berlin and Oskar Schindler Family Archives [Schindler’s List], and other prominent world institutions.
- for preservation and display around the world.
- Remarks by Rev. Rosemary Schindler, relative of Oskar Schindler (Schindler’s List), will be accepting a passenger-signed United States Senate Resolution 111 for inclusion in the Oskar Schindler Family Archives.
- Presentation of the Passengers’ Appreciation Award to The Honorable Ron Klein, U.S. Congressman-Florida, a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will be honored for his efforts in authoring and spearheading the passage of the Florida State Holocaust Education Act that mandated the teaching of the lessons of the Holocaust in all of the state’s public schools.
- Debut of the original play “The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt” for which the audience will serve as the jury. The play is written by distinguished playwright/Documentarian Robert Krakow, who serves as the Trustee for St. Louis passenger-signed United States Senate Resolution 111, and Vice President of The National Foundation for Jewish Continuity.
- And participate in a special Hanukkah Menorah Lighting with the SS St. Louis passengers,dignitaries, and fellow attendees followed by a concluding beachfront dedication ceremony.