Quotes from the film:
“Under Secretary of State Breckinridge Long wants us to make it very difficult for new refugees to come into the country.
He’s directed me to go down to Norfolk and assess the situation. I’m to determine if we should grant any of the people on the ship political refugee status -- and how many we should send back to Europe.
~ Patrick Malin State Department
“Mr. Malin, Before you issue a visa to these refugees, procrastinate.
“Delay, delay, delay!”
~ Quote from Brekinrege Long
war diary in Sept 1940
"Trapped on the ship"
The BIG PICTURE:
In 1933 Hitler became Chancellor in Germany and his antisemitic views were spreading throughout Europe. The Nazis in Germany called a boycott of Jewish businesses and banned Jews from government work. Jewish children could only go to Jewish schools.
Belgium was a neutral country in the war until___ and some thought that they were safe from this kind of harassment. However, antisemitic feelings were growing and many felt it was only a matter of time…
If you knew someone being bullied because of their beliefs, what would you do?
If this was the acceptable norm, what would you do?
Invasion of Belgium, France, etc…. The Maginot Line, Kristallnacht, Maps,