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Anne Frank -- the rest of the story

by Dave Konkel [Moderator] / February 14, 2007 11:12 PM PST
Anne Frank's father tried to get family to U.S..

>> Anne Frank's father tried to arrange U.S. visas for his family before they went into hiding, but his efforts were hampered when Allied and Axis countries tightened immigration policies, according to papers released Wednesday. Otto Frank also sent desperate letters to friends and family in the U.S. pleading for help with immigration costs as the family tried to escape the Nazi-occupied Netherlands....

The documents show how Frank tried to arrange for his family ? wife Edith, daughters Margot and Anne and mother-in-law Rosa Hollander ? to go to the U.S. or Cuba. He wrote to relatives, friends and officials between April 30, 1941, and Dec. 11, 1941, when Germany declared war on the U.S. But immigration rules were changing under the Nazi regime and in the U.S. There were nearly 300,000 people on a waiting list for a U.S. immigration visa. Besides, since Frank had living relatives in Germany, he would have been unable to immigrate under U.S. policy at the time. After France fell to the Germans in June 1940, fears grew in the United States of a potential fifth column of spies and saboteurs peopled by European refugees. By June of 1941, no one with close relatives still in Germany was allowed into the United States because of suspicions that the Nazis could use them to blackmail refugees into clandestine cooperation. This development closed off the possibility of getting the Frank girls out through a children?s rescue agency or having Otto Frank depart first in the hopes that the rest of his family would quickly follow. <<

See also this more in depth New York Times article.

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