Gilt-plated demitasse spoon embossed with the MS St Louis

Language of Description
Alt. Identifiers
  • 1992.22.1
Level of Description
EHRI Partner

Extent and Medium

overall: Height: 3.750 inches (9.525 cm) | Width: 0.500 inches (1.27 cm) | Depth: 0.250 inches (0.635 cm)

Archival History

The spoon was donated to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in 1991 by Henry Kahn.


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Henry Kahn, in memory of his grandmother Hedwig Kahn, who like millions of others, had no memorial for her death during the Holocaust

Funding Note: The cataloging of this artifact has been supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Scope and Content

Gilded demitasse spoon with an engraved ship image and enamel company logo used prewar on the MS St. Louis. This German ocean liner has become a symbol of the world's, and especially the United States, indifference to the fate of Jews in a Europe dominated by Nazi Germany. On May 13, 1939, the ship left Hamburg, Germany, for Havana, Cuba, with 937 passengers, nearly all Jews fleeing Germany. In Havana, only 28 people were allowed to disembark. For a week, the ship remained in port, amid desperate negotiations with Cuban and US authorities. On June 2, it was forced to leave. It drifted for 5 days near the Florida coast until all pleas to the US were rejected, due to strict quota limits and isolationist sentiment. It docked in Antwerp, Belgium, on June 17. Jewish aid organizations had negotiated with European governments to admit the passengers rather than return them to Germany. All those admitted to the United Kingdom, 288, survived; nearly half of those admitted to Belgium, France, and the Netherlands, 278, survived; the rest perished.

Conditions Governing Access

No restrictions on access

Conditions Governing Reproduction

No restrictions on use

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Gold gilt-plated silver demitasse spoon with a narrow, shallow, oval bowl embossed with the image of the masted bow of an ocean liner, with remnants of blue paint, and the name ST. Louis at the tip. The pedestal shaped neck narrows along the stem, then widens into an arched support for a blue enameled oval medallion with 3 decorative edge knobs. The company logo of a ship's anchor overlaid with a shield lettered HAPAG is painted in gold on the blue field.

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