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Judith Koeppel Steel - Love Brought Me Through the Holocaust
Judith Koeppel Steel – Love Brought Me Through the Holocaust
Aired Wednesday, September 23, 2020 at 5:00 PM PST / 8:00 PM EST
In 1939, the ocean liner SS St. Louis left Germany with more than 900 Jewish refugees fleeing anti-Semitic persecution. Arrangements had been made for them to disembark in Cuba with proper papers. Cuba denied them permission to land. The captain then attempted to bring them to Florida. Again they were denied. After a final denial of entry by Canada, the ship returned to Europe where some of the refugees were accepted in the UK, Belgium, the Netherlands and France. Many were later caught in Nazi sweeps of the occupied countries and ultimately among the six-million murdered in the concentration camps.
There were survivors from the SS St. Louis, a journey called “The Voyage of the Damned,” and many had heart wrenching stories to share. One of those is the miraculous story of a little girl saved by an amazing act of love.
Joining me on Destination Unlimited this week is my dear friend Judith Koeppel Steel. Judy was that little girl and her moving story is one of love, sacrifice and separation, redemption and hope. Judy is an ordained interfaith minister, cantor, Reiki Master and devoted mother and grandmother. Her web site is http://cantorjudithsteel.com/ and she joins me this week to share her story and her just published book, Love Brought Me Through the Holocaust.
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