On June 6, 1939, the world would be changed forever.
On that day, the SS St. Louis, carrying over 900 Jewish refugees, fleeing from Nazi persecution, awaited an answer from the American Government that, by the grace of G_d, they would find safe haven within the borders of America.
It was off the coast of Miami Beach that the SS St. Louis was turned away and with it, the hopes of the passengers, who feared the worst as the ship made its voyage back to Europe.
This ship of destiny carried the fate of millions of lives as the American, Canadian and Cuban governments refused to accept the Jews and thus sent a clear message to the Adolf Hitler that the Jewish people were expendable.
December 12-13, 2009, we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the voyage of the SS St. Louis. The surviving passengers from around the world will assemble in Miami Beach at the location the ship was turned away and they will mark this occasion with a special commemorative ceremony.
The Passengers will sign U.S. Senate Resolution 111, an acknowledgement of America’s refusal to accept the refugees. The signed Resolution will be received by the representatives of the Center for Legislative Records of the National Archives, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, the Schindler Family Archives, and other world institutions thereby mark this occasion as a historic day of remembrance in the heroic journey of the Jewish people.