“Complicit" The Untold Story of Why the Roosevelt Administration Denied safe Haven to Jewish Refugees Aboard the S.S.. St. Louis"
February 3, 2014
Location: The Tucson Jewish Community Center (3800 E. River Rd)
free and open to all
In 1939 the SS St. Louis left Germany and set sail for North America. Among her passengers were 937 Jewish refugees desperate to escape Nazi persecution and gain entry into the United States through Cuba. But upon her arrival the ship and her passengers were denied entry. After weeks at sea pleading with the US, Canada and Cuba governments, the SS St. Louis had no choice but to return to Europe where it is estimated over one quarter of her passengers perished in German concentration camps.
Robert Krakow’s film COMPLICIT blends drama, survivor interviews and actual footage to tell the story of the doomed ship included is a mock trial that confronts the Roosevelt Administration’s flawed WWII refugee policy. In addition, COMPLICIT documents the US State Department’s formal apologies to the SS St. Louis’s surviving passengers.
Robert Krakow is the Executive Director of the SS St Louis Legacy Project Foundation, a nonprofit organization that uses education through drama to enlighten audiences on events in world history, including the story of the voyage of the SS St Louis.