The past few months have brought many cruel and outrageous attacks on the refugee community. They are unprecedented in recent U.S. history, but the Jewish community knows all too well that they resonate deeply in some of the darkest moments of its memory.
The ACC and Colorado Coalition for Genocide Awareness and Action are co-sponsering a vigil at 5:00 p.m. on June 6th. We are honored to have a survivor of the St. Louis in Denver who will speak on behalf of the many passengers who perished as a result of America's policy at that time.
The M.S. St. Louis set sail from Hamburg, Germany on May 13, 1939 with 900 Jewish passengers who were fleeing from Nazi Germany. When the ship came to the shores of the United States, it was turned away, and the refugees on board were forced to go back to Germany where they were exterminated.
HIAS, a national organization whose mission is to rescue people whose lives are in danger for being who they are, is asking communities around the nation to hold vigils on Tuesday, June 6th which is the anniversary of the day the United States turned away the M.S. St. Louis. The purpose of these vigils is to commemorate what happened many years ago, take a public stand for refugees by letting them know we welcome them to the United States, and send a message to elected officials and citizens of the world that history must not be allowed to repeat itself.