Ronnie Breslow of Elkins Park was an 8-year-old passenger on the St. Louis in 1939. She and her mother were trying to meet up with Ronnie's father, who had managed to travel from Germany to Cuba and then to America a little earlier.
All of the 1,000 passengers were Jews with proper documentation trying to get out of Nazi Germany.
"The orders from the president were to get the ship out of American waters, so we began to circle the Atlantic Ocean, and the captain's trying to find a place for us to go," she said.
Eventually, passengers were allowed to choose if they wanted to return to England, Holland, Belgium or France, where about half of the passengers ended up getting murdered by the Nazis.
"We were very lucky that dad came to America and sent us the proper papers to leave. The rest of the passengers, most of them, went to the Westerbork concentration camp," Breslow explained.