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

On May 13, 1939 the St. Louis set sail for Havana 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 the Kaufherr family pictured here.

This photo and the post card pictured below are part of the Yad Vashem archives of Holocaust artifacts. Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust trust, aims to preserve these items to protect and maintain the lessons of the Holocaust and the memories of the 6 million Jewish victims.

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