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Creighton Hosts Docudrama on the Tragic 1939 Voyage of the SS. St. Louis

On April 19, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Creighton University in collaboration with the Omaha Jewish Community, will host an original docudrama about the 1939 voyage of the SS St. Louis at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the Mike and Josie Harper Center located at 602 N. 20th St.  A Kosher reception will follow.

The event, in partnership with the Institute for Holocaust Education and The Durham Museum, is free and open to the public.

Written by Robert M. Krakow, the docudrama “The Trial of Franklin D. Roosevelt,” tells the story of the more than 900 Jewish men, women and children who were adrift at sea for 30 days and denied entrance to Cuba and then the United States after President Franklin D. Roosevelt said the U.S. had reached its immigration quota. They were sent back to Germany, which for many was a death sentence.

Today there are only 60 survivors worldwide, four of whom will be at Creighton to take part in the docudrama of the trial of FDR, which will be directed by Creighton Fine Arts graduate Matt Karasek.

Archival exhibits from the voyage, including the original Senate Resolution 111 that was signed in 2009 by the survivors, will be on display as well.

Krakow’s research, study and understanding of Judaic history and religion drive his approach to theater and film. His goal is to inform and educate audiences about historical justice and the need to look beyond conventional wisdom to find the root causes of anti-Semitism and racism.

He is a graduate of Georgetown University Law School. His strong interest in the criminal law process has influenced his creative choices. While practicing law, Krakow was also a member of the adjunct faculty at American University and Catholic University Graduate School.

On Friday, at 10:30 a.m., April 20, The Durham Museum will host a special program presented by Herbert Karliner, Philip Freud, Hans Fisher, and Sol Messinger, four of the survivors of the SS St. Louis. Due to limited seating, reservations are required. Please call (402) 444-5071 or email Cost of admission applies and members are free.

For additional events during the week of Holocaust Commemoration please contact The Institute for Holocaust Education at

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