The Saddest Ship Afloat

Allison Lawlor

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ISBN: 9781771083997

The Saddest Ship Afloat

The Tragedy of the MS St. Louis

  Author:   Allison Lawlor    
  Publisher:  Nimbus Publishing

On May 13, 1939, the eve of the Second World War, the MS St. Louis left port in Hamburg, Germany, headed for Havana, Cuba. Among the ship’s passengers were more than six hundred Jews attempting to escape Nazi rule. But most of the visas the passengers had purchased turned out to be fake and after several days in limbo in Havana’s harbour, the ship’s captain turned back for Europe. Canadian and American activists petitioned their governments to accept the refugees on humanitarian grounds, but to no avail. On its return, the ship would distribute its passengers among European countries, and over the course of the war, an estimated 250 would die in the Nazi-run concentration camps.

The latest in the Stories of our Past series is illustrated with photos and sidebar features on the voyage, glimpses into the lives of passengers, a look at Canada’s postwar refugee policy, and memorials dedicated to preserving the story of this tragic event in Canadian immigration history.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title:9781771083997
Item NB1172
PublisherNimbus Publishing
PublisherNimbus Publishing
Published onJune 14 2016
Language eng
Pages 128
Format Paperback
Dimensions8(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight231(g)
Status ACTIVE TITLE

Allson Lawlor's work has appeared in the Globe and Mail and several magazines. After working as a reporter for newspapers in Ontario, Allison returned in 2003 to Nova Scotia, where she had previously attended the University of King's College. She is the author of several non-fiction books for adults, and this is her first book for children. Allison lives in Prospect, Nova Scotia, with her husband, two daughters, and several animals.