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Yad Vashem This Month in Holocaust History
May
May 13, 1939 - May 13, 1939 - Joseph and Betti Kaufherr and their daughter Hannelore board the St. Louis bound for Havanna

Postcard sent from the St. Louis by the Kaufherr family

May 13, 1939

May 13, 1939 - Joseph and Betti Kaufherr and their daughter Hannelore board the St. Louis bound for Havanna

On May 13, 1939 the St. Louis set sail for Havanna with more than 900 Jewish refugees, who all possessed landing certificates for Cuba. However, the landing certificates they had purchased were canceled by the Cuban government, and despite intense negotiations, they were denied entry and were forced to return to Europe. The refugees were taken in by other European countries, and many of the passengers ultimately perished during the Holocaust - including all of the members of rhe Kaufherr family pictured here.