About the Program
Martin Goldsmith recalls the journey of 900 Jewish refugees aboard the cruise liner SS St. Louis that departed Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 1939. The ship was denied landing in Cuba, the United States, and Canada, and ultimately forced to return to Europe. Aboard the vessel were the author’s grandfather, Alex Goldschmidt and his son, Helmut, who upon their return would spend three years in French camps before being sent to Auschwitz in 1942. Martin Goldsmith speaks with Diane Afoumado, chief of ITS Research at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum's Survivors and Victims Resource Center. The program is hosted by the Library of Congress in Washington, DC.