A German ship line announced a trip to Havana, upon the St. Louis. Most ship boarders were of Jewish descent, fleeing from persecution by the Germans during the Third Reich. Reaching Cuba, the boat was not allowed to proceed. So instead, they sat, docked, until forced to leave the harbor. The boat turned towards America, but was declined to enter there also and returned back to Europe. After much negotiation, some European governments allowed a temporary stay for the Jews.