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MV Hikawa Maru
--Family Schlesinger arrives in
Author’s private collection
has been well recorded that the Hikawa Maru and other N.Y.K. passenger ships were heavily involved
in assisting German and other European Jewish refugees escape from Nazi Germany
and thus the Holocaust. There were those who escaped via
author is most grateful to Rebecca Roush of
cousin Ernst (Ernie) and his parents the Schlesinger family escaped Nazi
Germany and sailed on the Hikawa Maru
Ernie passed away a few years ago, but he did come to
The Seattle Times article shown above was kindly sent by Rebecca Roush and we are most grateful to her, for now we can all share in this story of her family and the ship’s and N.Y.K’s wonderful work done rescuing Jews from the impending doom that awaited so many, as it did my family in the Netherlands at that time!
This fine ship is seen her towards the end of her sailing days
Author’s private collection
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