Past Exhibit

Ships to Nowhere

Finding a haven to flee Hitler’s regime was only part of the tragic story for so many Jews. Many ships made it safely to their destinations; many did not. Some returned to Europe carrying the same passengers who only weeks earlier had escaped; others were torpedoed on the high seas or suffered damage. Tragically, other ships were denied entry at their ports of destination even though Jewish passengers had visas authorizing them to disembark. Among these ships, the St. Louis is the most famous. The Struma, the Asimi, the Atrato, the Salvador, the Cariba and the Keonigstein were also part of this doomed fleet.