Voyage of the Damned: In 1939, the U.S. turned back a ship carrying refugees from Nazi Germany.

The MS St. Louis, an ocean liner carrying 900 Jewish refugees, left Nazi Germany seeking sanctuary in North America, but it was turned away by every nation it appealed to. In this week's episode of the Futility Closet podcast we'll follow the so-called "voyage of the damned" and the plight of its increasingly desperate passengers.

We'll also discuss the employment prospects for hermits in Seattle and puzzle over the contentment of a condemned woman.

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