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28 April 2023

Published April 26, 2023 by rochellewisoff

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Genre: Historical Fiction
Word Count:100


The little wooden boat floated along the Galilee. JoAnna breathed in the fresh air.

            Tears trickled down her cheek. She hugged her granddaughter, Rachel. “We’re the lucky ones. I took a boat ride on the St. Louis, from Germany with my family to seek freedom.”  

            “You found it in England and then here in Israel. Doesn’t that make you happy?”

            “Cuba, America and Canada—all turned away—allowing only a handful of us refuge. The rest, including my parents, went back to face the Beast.”

            “The US State Department offered an official apology.”

            “After seventy-three years? Too little too late.”

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