STORY OF THE SHIP ST LOUIS (1939) (P 382) SHIP FULL OF JEWISH REFUGEES NOT ALLOWED TO DISEMBARK ANYWHERE IN US HAD TO GO BACK TO EUROPE WHERE MOST DIED

Although the final departure from Hamburg was a sigh of relief to the Jewish refugees considering the fact that they underwent a lot of torture during their stay in Nazi camps, their joy was short lived. This is because, a week after the refugees departure from Hamburg to Cuba is when they learnt of Frederico Bru decree stating that the refugees not be granted permission to enter the nation (Wood). In this study, the researcher seeks to relay varied dehumanizing experiences encountered by refuges after their denial of access to Cuba and US.
After several days on cruise, on 27th May, St. Louis finally docked in Cuba but was denied access to the normal docking section. It was when they got information that there was a strict order not to let the refugees in Cuba. Though the 937 refugees had genuine visas, they could not enter the nation neither as refugees nor as tourists because of the law amendments that had taken place on May 5 (Wood). Due to this, the Jewish refugees remained in the ship while international talks began to see whether the Cuban government could grant asylum to the refugee. Numerous efforts were made in an attempt to make president Frederico change his decision (“USHMM”). After intensive negotiations, the conclusion was that the JDC pay a total of $ 453000 in order for the Jews to be granted asylum in Cuba. The JDC was given a deadline of submitting the funds but unfortunately they never met the deadline and as a result, the ship was forced to leave Cuba (Rozzet &amp. Spector 419).
The fact that these refugees invaded camps is enough proof that they had no information on the latest news about Cuban statutes. Although the company that owns the St Louis ship was aware of that the journey was likely to be unsuccessful, the company still granted the ship permission to cruise. According to the Cuban law,

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