To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis

To Hope and Back The Journey of the St Louis Lisa and Sol board the luxury ship St Louis in Hamburg Germany on May Lisa and her family are in first class Sol and his parents are below in tourist class The children have mixed feelings

  • Title: To Hope and Back: The Journey of the St. Louis
  • Author: Kathy Kacer
  • ISBN: 9781897187968
  • Page: 425
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lisa and Sol board the luxury ship St Louis in Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 1939 Lisa and her family are in first class Sol and his parents are below in tourist class The children have mixed feelings they re excited to be beginning this voyage to a better life and sad to be leaving their old lives behind They are Jewish, as are almost all of the 937 passengers on boaLisa and Sol board the luxury ship St Louis in Hamburg, Germany, on May 13, 1939 Lisa and her family are in first class Sol and his parents are below in tourist class The children have mixed feelings they re excited to be beginning this voyage to a better life and sad to be leaving their old lives behind They are Jewish, as are almost all of the 937 passengers on board, and although war has not been officially declared in Europe, the Nazis have been persecuting Jews for years As they set sail for Cuba, the atmosphere on the ship is optimistic, led by the German captain Gustave Shroder, who is determined to see his passengers to safety But as they learn that Hitler s propaganda has turned the country against them, the mood changes to despair They are turned away first from Cuba, then the United States, and then Canada The story of Lisa and Sol is set against the tragic true history of the St Louis Denied entry from port after port, the captain was forced to return his Jewish passengers to Europe, where many died in the Holocaust Through the eyes of Sol and Lisa, we see the injustice and heartbreak that were caused by the prejudice and hatred of so many.

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    1. In 1939, over 900 Jews sought refugee from Hitler and the rise of Nazism in Germany by boarding the St. Louis and heading to Cuba. Having purchased costly tickets, which in some cases used up families' entire life savings, they were treated kindly by the crew, including Captain Schroeder, and they were anticipating a new life in Cuba, or after a brief stay in Cuba, in the U.S. However, as the ship was racing across the ocean, trouble was brewing, as Nazi propaganda convinced many Cubans the soon [...]

    2. A very powerful book, to understand the true desperation of the people of the St.Louis the people on this ship knew if they went back to Germany they would die, the selfish people who ran the counties of Cuba, America, Australia, the Dominican Republic, Canada and a lot more should be ashamed.People died some lives were saved but 937 passengers could all be alive today if not for a selfish few.

    3. To Hope and BackBy Kathy KacerTo Hope and Back by Kathy Kacer is set in pre-World War 2 Germany. The year is 1939 and times are becoming unsettled and dangerous for Jews right across Europe. They are demonised and suffer persecution even before the vile events after the outbreak of war. Over 900 Jews board the sailing boat St. Louis in Hamburg and seek refuge in Cuba. Some have spent their life savings to purchase their tickets and once on board the ship they are treated with respect by the crew [...]

    4. "To Hope and Back" is a very moving and informative read for children about the luxury ocean liner, the St. Louis. The ship left Germany in 1939 with almost 1,000 Jewish passengers seeking a safe haven. The story is tragic for they can find no countries to take them in and are threatened with having to return to Germany and a certain death.I remember the first time I read about this was in a college history class and I was so horrified and disgusted that the Roosevelt administration denied them [...]

    5. A sombre tale based on the true story of the World War II refugee ship St Louis, with almost 1000 Jewish passengers fleeing Nazi Germany, only to be refused disembarkation and refuge in their destination of Cuba and the US. The author portrays the story through 3 narrators: The Captain (based on historical documents) and 2 of the children on board - Lisa Avedon and Sol Messinger. Suitable for upper primary/junior secondary readers, who can cope with the grim reality of persecution, betrayal and [...]

    6. I Loved this book. I thought it was very interesting how it swicthed points of view. First it was Lisa's point of view then Sol's. I liked how there life stories were different and so were their personalities. I thought that What The Captin Knew was interesting because it told you stuff that the passengers didn't know about and what was happening on the ship. I really liked the end too. This book was great and I could not stop reading! :]

    7. I thought this book was really good. I liked how it whent from Lisa`s point of view to Sol`s. I didnt really like how it had WHAT THE CAPTIN KNEW to me that was a waste of paper.I thought it was really weird how Lisa`s name was actually lisollet (i forget how it was spelled) and it was wierd how Sol looked like a girl on the front cover.Other than that I cant really discribe what i liked about it I just realy liked it.

    8. Today many families board a ship to freedom. This day they will set sail on a two week trip to Cuba from Germny. What they don't know is in Cuba they will not be allowed to dock. Nobody ever wishes to return to Germany, but will they have to when Cuba doesn't want them in their country? I enjoyed how the writer was great at describing characters.

    9. This book is a good one to read. It shows through 2 points of views how life was when the Nazis controlled. I enjoy reading holocaust series and would recommend this book and "Hiding Edith" by Kathy Kacer. Very interesting and informative.

    10. I liked the hybrid fiction/non-fiction style of this book about the journey of the SS St. Louis. It made for a more immersive reading experience, and I think it helps reading comprehension for children. I would like to see more books take this approach.

    11. Again one of those forgotten stories from the Holocaust. Kacer did a great job in presenting the facts in an easy to read book.

    12. Good read, couldn't put it down! Well written for young people to try to understand the horrific situation the Jewish people encountered.ying to escape from Germany.

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