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In May 1939, a passenger ship called the St. Louiscarrying almost a thousand refugees left Germany. Many passengers were Jews. They had arranged for temporary Cuban tourist visas so they could wait outside Germany for U.S. visas. When the ship reached Havana, the Cuban government refused to allow most of the refugees to land due to a change in visa regulations. They then sailed up the Florida coast. The State Department would not allow any refugees on land without a special legislation by Congress or an executive order from the president, but Roosevelt never replied to a telegram passengers sent to him. They returned to Europe and most of the passengers were caught by Nazis and put in concentration camps.

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