Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Nobody Wants Us | Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Nobody Wants Us

Presented by Maryland Hall in Partnership with Action Annapolis
January 26th
7:00 PM

Film Screening & Panel Discussion: Nobody Wants Us

Presented by Maryland Hall in Partnership with Action Annapolis and Temple Beth Shalom


"Nobody Wants Us" tells the story of three teenagers and their families hoping to make it safely onto American soil after escaping the Nazi invasion of Europe. 


In September 1940, three teenagers were trapped on a steamship in the port of Hampton Roads, Virginia. Along with 83 other exhausted refugees, the teens were hoping to be allowed on American soil— where millions of others in distress had safely landed before them. But times had changed. America was turning away refugees at this critical time in history.  Would they be turned away too? “Nobody Wants Us” is their story.

​Through the stories of three teens we learn about the inherent goodness of others at a time when the world seemed against them. With the help of a Virginia maritime lawyer, First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, and a State Department employee, they eventually found freedom on the shores of Hampton Roads in VA.

“Nobody Wants Us” tells the story of some of the last refugees allowed into the United States until the end of World War II. With this first-hand account of Holocaust survivors who resettled in the U.S. in 1940, our goal is to create a better understanding of the plight of refugees everywhere.

This is a timely story that parallels how the United States responds to many refugees fleeing war torn countries over the years. The relevance of this story goes far beyond the historical significance of the S.S. Quanza. It reinforces the concept of helping those in need in any way possible - especially in light of the United States’ response to the refugee crisis today.


The screening will be followed by a Panel Discussion with Director/Producer Laura Seltzer-Duny. Seltzer-Duny spent over 5 years creating this film. She has a special interest in producing documentaries about unsung heroes and the people they help. Laura has produced many stories about migration, the plight of refugees and their efforts to resettle. She is an award-winning PBS documentary and educational filmmaker and is based in the Washington, DC area.


This screening is part of our Courage & Community series of programming in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz. 

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