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THURSDAY

In April 1939, Germany’s Hamburg-America line announced a special voyage to Cuba on the luxury liner St. Louis. The cruise was a lot more than a vacation for approximately most of its 937 passengers, who were Jews seeking refuge from the Third Reich. It didn’t come easy: When the ship arrived in Havana, Cuban officials denied entry to all except 28 passengers. The St. Louis then headed to Florida, where the U.S. Coast Guard wouldn’t allow the ship into American waters. So the St. Louis retreated to Europe and, one month later, finally docked in Antwerp. After much negotiation, Great Britain, France, Belgium, and the Netherlands agreed to take in the refugees. St. Louis passengers Henry Blumenstein, Ruth Loeb Forest, and Ilse Marcus will discuss their ill-fated voyage and what happened afterward at 7 p.m. at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, 100 Raoul Wallenberg Place SW. Free. For reservations call (800) 400-9373. (Elissa Silverman)