On September 24, 1937, the passenger steamer SS Königstein arrived in New York Harbor, on board an eleven-year-old boy with black curly hair and mixed emotions. He is relieved because his family escaped persecution in National Socialist Germany. He is unsure of what to expect in his unknown new home. And he is concerned because he has heard that passengers on board the ship are getting infected with conjunctivitis in rows, which is why they could be denied entry to the United States.
Daniel Aaron worries about the eye disease in vain, all passengers are allowed into the country. But even if his family managed to escape, they remain from the “catastrophic aftershocks” of Nazi terror