Ironically, there is another transatlantic transport with the name 'St. Louis' whose story is one of the nadirs of America's storied past. Though little known, perhaps no other moment since the Emancipation Proclamation might well have burdened America's conscience as much.
Two 20th century Secretaries of State, Henry Kissinger and Cordell Hull, both of whom were awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, belong in the category of stewards of American foreign policy who did not make the safeguarding of human rights a priority.
My brother and every other child murdered in any genocide deserve to be remembered as fragile flames extinguished in tsunamis of hatred, intolerance and bigotry. Exploiting their memory to score cheap political points is obscene.