Passengers onboard the SS St. Louis.

By: Sharon Aron Baron

Parkland residents are invited to the film screening of Complicit, the untold story of why President Roosevelt and the State Department refused safe haven to Jewish refugees fleeing the Nazis on the SS St. Louis.

Filmmaker Robert Krakow will be on hand to answer questions along with SS St. Louis survivors Herbert Karliner and Charles Mendel who were children on the ship together.

Complicit explores the impact of the Jewish refugee issue on the Roosevelt legacy through a mythical courtroom drama that puts Franklin D. Roosevelt on trial for complicity in Crimes Against Humanity.  

The movie includes never before seen footage of the US Special Envoy Hannah Rosenthal’s powerful expose of America’s inadequate response to the Jewish refugee crisis.  Highlights include the 2012 US State Department ceremony in which Deputy Secretary of State William Burns makes the first ever apology to surviving passengers from the refugee ship, SS St. Louis before a delegation of high ranking diplomats and foreign service officers.  

The movie presents rare and candid interviews with these heroic refugees who were turned away by the United States in June 1939, and returned to the US to make extraordinary contributions to American society.  This movie integrates painful history with compelling drama.

The screening begins at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Parkland Library.  To register, visit www.CityofParkland.org/library

The Parkland Library is located at 6620 N University Dr, Parkland, FL 33067.

Sharon Aron Baron is the Editor of Talk Media and writer for Parkland Talk. Parkland Talk was created to provide News, Views and Entertainment for the residents of Parkland.