Cross posted at Jewlicious.com
In another footnote to the horror of the Holocaust, Otto Frank, father of Ann Frank, tried in vain to emigrate to the USA on the even of WWII, and even after the outbreak of war. In 1941, still before the final solution, before the Nazis laid waste to the bulk of European Jewry, Frank tried in vain to get his family out.
If the United States had not had in place anti-Semitic and racist laws preventing them —and hundreds of thousands of others that sought refuge— Ann Frank might be a writer living in the USA today. There were nearly 300,000 names on a waiting list for an immigration visa.
NEW YORK: Anne Frank’s father sent desperate letters to friends and family in the United States pleading for financial assistance to help the family escape from the Nazi-occupied Netherlands, according to papers made public Wednesday.
“I would not ask if conditions here would not force me to do all I can in time to be able to avoid worse,” Otto Frank wrote to a college friend, Nathan Straus, in April 1941. “It is for the sake of the children mainly that we have to care for. Our own fate is of less importance.”
Even with his connections in America, of course we all know that he failed. Margot Adler’s piece on NPR is actually one of the most intense things I have heard on radio in a long time.