One account tweets about the St Louis, a vessel carrying Jews fleeing Nazi Germany that was turned away from the US
Twitter users have enlisted the social media platform to help bring to light personal stories of the victims of the Nazi regime on Holocaust Remembrance Day.
Over the course of the day, the St Louis Manifest account told the stories of the passengers of the German transatlantic liner which was turned away from the US in 1939. There were 937 people onboard, almost all were Jews fleeing from the Third Reich.
After the ship was refused permission to dock in Florida and sent back across the Atlantic, 532 passengers were trapped when Germany conquered Western Europe. Just over half survived the Holocaust.
The account was set up by Jewish educator and activist Russel Neiss.
Other poignant posts on Twitter marking Holocaust Remembrance Day featured men, women and children who died in Nazi death camps across Europe during the second world war.
To mark the 72nd anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, photographer Marina Maral recoloured a photograph taken in Auschwitz of 14-year-old Polish Catholic Czeslawa Kwoka. Czeslawa was killed in 1943.
Writer Leah Bobet used Twitter to tell the story of her grandfather, who survived a Nazi concentration camp.
Saint Louis Manifest was still tweeting as news of Donald Trumps executive order banning Syrian refugees from the US emerged.
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