In honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day Thursday, Creighton University in collaboration with the Omaha Jewish Community, will present the original docudrama, “The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt.” The docudrama is about the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis. 900 Jewish men, women and children were adrift at sea for 30 days and were denied entrance into the U.S.
The passengers were told the United States had reached its immigrant quota, so they were sent back to Germany and other European countries, many of them occupied by Germany.
Robert Krakow created and produced the docudrama. He says four of the remaining 60 survivors will be at Creighton to take part in the showing.
"We are bringing an original of Senate Resolution 111, passed by the Senate around May of 2009. And it is the first ever acknowledgement of the tragedy of the SS St. Louis and by extension, it is the first ever acknowledgement by the US Government of the failure to help the Jewish refugees.”
Krakow says the document will be signed by Hans Fisher, the only one of the four survivors attending the event who did not sign the resolution in 2009. He says the document will then be donated to the State Department at a special event this September.
“The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt” takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Harper Center on the Creighton Campus.