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A Holocaust remembrance Twitter account is highlighting Jewish refugees who were turned away by the U.S.

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Trump is proposing to keep out a new generation of those suffering


Taylor Link
January 27, 2017 11:06PM (UTC)

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a ship carrying Jewish refugees that was denied entry into the U.S. during World War II is tweeting the names of those who would later die in concentration camps or in hiding.

The MS St. Louis was a German ocean liner that set sail from Hamburg to Cuba in May 1939. The ship was carrying 937 refugees seeking asylum from Nazi persecution. After being turned away in Cuba, the ship marked Florida as its next destination. But then-Secretary of State Cordell Hull advised President Franklin Roosevelt not to accept the Jewish refugees. A failed attempt to disembark in Canada forced the ship to return to Europe, docking at Antwerp, Belgium in June 1939. Records showed that 245 passengers on the MS St. Louis would later be killed in the Holocaust.

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While Holocaust Remembrance Day is a holiday dedicated to victims and survivors of Nazi persecution, the @Stl_Manifest Twitter handle appears be showing solidarity with the current refugee crisis in the Middle East. The hashtag #RefugeesWelcome is prominently displayed in the account bio.

Here are some tweets commemorating those who were "turned away at the doorstep of America":

In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day, President Trump released a statement that was remarkably different than President Barack Obama's.


Taylor Link

Taylor Link is an assistant editor at Salon. You can find him on Twitter at @taylorlink_

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