New book To Hope and Back tells true story of the St. Louis, a ship of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Europe

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The story of the St. Louis is told through the eyes of two Jewish children who were passengers on board the ship when it was refused safe harbor by North American governments and sent back to Nazi Europe. In 2011 the monument to the tragedy, designed by world-renowned architect Daniel Libeskind, was unveiled in Halifax.

The cover of To Hope and Back by Kathy Kacer

To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis, by Kathy Kacer

Through the eyes of Sol and Lisa – both of whom survived the war and shared their experiences with Kathy Kacer – we see the injustice and heartbreak caused by the prejudice and ignorance of so many.

From the award-winning author of The Diary of Laura's Twin, The Secret of Gabi’s Dresser, and Hiding Edith comes a new book about the tragic true story of the St. Louis, an ocean liner carrying over 900 Jewish passengers seeking a new life in North America, only to be turned away at every port. First Cuba turns them away, then the United States and Canada both close their doors to the St. Louis and its desperate passengers.

The Captain was forced to return his passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust. Through the eyes of Sol and Lisa – both of whom survived the war and shared their experiences with Kathy Kacer – we see the injustice and heartbreak caused by the prejudice and ignorance of so many. In January 2011 the monument called "The Wheel of Conscience", designed by architect Daniel Libeskind, was opened at Pier 21, Canada's immigration museum in Halifax.

Published by independent publisher Second Story Press, dedicated to bringing you quality social justice books.

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