When the MS St. Louis ocean liner pulled out of the Hamburg harbor on May 13, 1939, ten-year-old Heinz (Henry) and his parents, Hermann and Rita Goldstein, were onboard, along with more than 900 German Jews fleeing Hitler. Bound for Cuba where they hoped to find refuge while waiting for visas to enter the United States, they were unceremoniously turned away by the Cuban government and subsequently, the United States and Canada. The ship’s captain had no choice but to turn back to Europe, where many passengers were delivered into the lethal hands of the Nazis.
In 2014, journalist and local author Pamela Sampson was so moved when she heard Holocaust survivor Henry Goldstein Gallant’s account of his family’s harrowing struggle aboard the doomed ship that she convinced him to write his memoirs and then set about helping him do so. The result is No Reply, Henry’s stunning first-person account aboard the ill-fated ship that came to be known as the “Voyage of the Damned.”
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