13, 1939, a German ship sailed out of Hamburg for Havana with 937 Jewish
refugees aboard. Known as the “Voyage of the Damned” for being denied
permission to dock in Cuba and subsequently being turned away from the United
States and Canada, the SS St. Louis was ultimately forced to return to
Europe where over 200 refugees perished at the hands of Nazis in concentration
as part of its ongoing mission to promote greater awareness and dialogue
on issues of human rights, immigration and refugee policy, the SS St.
Louis Legacy Project has announced it is joining with Protravel International
to commemorate the tragic sequence of events that transpired 75 years ago.
Through a unique educational cruise on the Crystal Serenity this
November 5-19, guests will have the rare opportunity to hear directly from
surviving passengers of the ill-fated 1939 voyage, as well as to seeing a
showing of the new feature documentary film Complicit, which the SS St.
Louis Legacy Project describes as “the untold story of why the Roosevelt
Administration denied safe haven to Jewish Refugees.” The film is an official
selection of the Australian Jewish Film Festival and the Georgetown University
Law School Equal Justice Film Festival.
guests will learn about the events surrounding the SS St. Louis by
renowned filmmaker Robert Krakow and producer Dr. Ruth Kalish, who will host a
private cocktail reception, as well as to see a showing of the SS St. Louis
Archival Exhibits, which include original documents from the U.S. State
Department Archives. Guests may also participate in an interactive presentation
of the critically acclaimed play, The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt.
Both the film and the play focus directly on the events that transpired 75
will breathe life into history by using this unique cruise experience aboard
the Crystal Serenity to trace the voyage of the SS St. Louis in a
deeply respectful and meaningful way,” explained Dr. Kalish. “To keep this
history alive, it’s essential that our efforts are brought forth in today’s
environment. One way to do that is by using drama to educate, but we’re finding
another way is to incorporate this particular commemoration into a modern
is very honored to work with the SS St. Louis Legacy Project through this
extraordinary event to help foster greater understanding of this tragic chapter
in U.S. and world history,” noted Barry Liben, CEO of Protravel International.
“As a testament to our support, Protravel will be making a donation to the
continuing educational efforts of the SS St. Louis Legacy Project.”
5, the cruise will depart New York City with an itinerary that includes
Baltimore, Norfolk, Charleston, Grand Turk, Curaçao, and Aruba, prior to
disembarkation in Miami on Nov. 19. The sailing also coincides with the
acclaimed Crystal Wine & Food Festival on the Crystal Serenity and
features famous chefs and wine authorities, thus providing guests with unparalleled
addition to Crystal’s value-added inclusions – complimentary gratuities,
concierge services for personal arrangements ashore and more – exclusive
amenities for the SS St. Louis Legacy Project cruise also include an
autographed DVD and poster of Complicit, and a commemorative book
containing copies of the original documents and a photo album containing
pictures taken aboard the SS St. Louis.
is very limited for this special experience, which is available exclusively
through Protravel. For more information on retracing the SS St. Louis history,
please call (800) 785-1944.