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Voyage of the Damned

By: Max Morgan Witts,Gordon Thomas
Narrated by: Chris Kayser
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This book is a meticulous reconstruction of a tragic episode in the history of the Nazi persecution of the Jews. The SS. St. Louis left Hamburg in May of 1939 with 937 Jewish refugees on board who thought they had bought visas to enter Cuba. Refused entry in Cuba and the United States the ship eventually had to turn around and return to Europe. The voyage to freedom was in the end nothing more than a roundabout journey to the concentration camps.

©1974 Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan Witts (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: History

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No propaganda more damning than the truth

Remember this when someone refers to the "greatest generation". It's easy to look back with rose-colored glasses and think somehow things were simpler and more defined as good and evil. This is merely one of numerous stories that give a view of the so-called "civilized nations", which, while allied against a very real fascist threat, proved to be anything but leaders in courage or morality.

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Mesmerizing true tale of man’s inhumanity to others

This is a story so unbelievable that one can only shake their heads in disbelief that it is also a true story. How countries and government officials could turn their backs on over 900 Jewish men, woman, and children whose very existence depended on escape from Nazi Germany defies explanation- and yet it was allowed to happen. Where was compassion? Why was helping fellow human beings relegated to be of less concern than the concern expressed for their animal companions? Did we learn from the experiences of the St Louis or will society’s selfish obsession with public opinion cause us to repeat and condemn future waves of refugees whose only desire is to find a safe place to call home?

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There were Good Germans and Bad Nazi's

Excellent book about the the prelude to war and the final solution. The captain did all he could to help save the boat people. The Nazi's had spies on board, and the Cuban government was wishy washy to let the people land and then they said no even if money was paid. There were suicides, and you can imagine the desperation of these travelers trying to get free from the country that didn't want them alive. The Nazi's wanted the ship to return just to complete their final solution even though they could have let them go. Eventually many were free to land in England and France, but France was later taken over so free for a time. This is a very good read of real history of hundreds of family's fleeing a disparate situation.

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Terrible narrator

I think this is my first ever review and I was compelled to give one because the narration was so bad. It was like a male version of Siri was reading the book out loud. I can't get past the first chapter. I'll have to read the ebook myself.

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Heartbreaking

Well done story of the holocaust. It's hard to understand how people. in dire circumstances could be turned away so callously. This book is worth the read.

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Very good book!!

This is a very well written book with information gathered from individuals who were actually there. It is truly eye opening!!

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Further enlightenment regarding governments and politicians

Had the opportunity to study the holocaust in college as well as outside lectures. I was under the impression that us Americans did not know about the horrific activities going on by the Germans regarding the death camps. I thought perhaps there was just rumors about Auschwitz and the other camps floating about America before our entry into the war. Lots of rumors a lot Americans closing their eyes to this systematic killing going on in Germany. This book makes a compelling case that most likely can’t be refuted that all governments in 19 3839 knew about the slaughtering of human beings in Germany. Whether it is our government or another government a heavy dose of skepticism as needed even today when issues are pushed that may not be in the interest of all the people. What happened in war war two and the attempted an extermination of the Jews, can be repeated and in some parts of the world is being repeated today. We live in America as a privileged group where we except News that comes from politician, journalist with an agenda, 24 hour news cycles where all major issues are exaggerated so us sheep will watch And be told what we should be thinking. I am digressing from the review, but this book does make you think.

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Exceptional recounting of a tragic voyage

I do not recall having heard of the voyage of the St Louis until I listened to this book. In the end some of its passengers were saved and spared the horror of the Nazis, more would have been saved if the hearts of the Cubans and Americans had opened and let the passengers find refuge on their soil.

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This book held my interest!

The story was fascinating, and this book held my interest from beginning to end. The narration was excellent, with wonderful emphasis put on accents of German and French. Probably Spanish too (in Cuba), but because I live in the Southwest, I hear Spanish every day. It is not such a novelty for me.

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A very interesting story!

Yet another example of Nazi Germany antisemitism and world politics. The captain is a good example of honor and courage.