THE DOUBLE CROSSING
The Voyage of the St. Louis
Many Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany found, like the 907 passengers on the cruise ship St. Louis,
that "a passport stamped 'J' was a passport to nowhere." Cuban officials nullified their entry permits and the U.S. government denied them admission. In present-day interviews plus archival footage and photographs, passengers relive the cruise that became a voyage into limbo. The program's almost understated tone contrasts with the urgency of the issues it raises: anti-Semitism, quota systems for refugees, and worldwide immigration policies today. Grades 7 and up. Color and black-and-white. 29 minutes. ©1992.