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Anne Frank’s Family Failed in 1941 Bid to Flee to U.S.

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Posted on Feb 14, 2007
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Newly released documents show that Anne Frank’s father attempted to move the family to the United States, but he was not granted a visa. Otto Frank was granted a Cuban visa, but the order was canceled after Germany declared war on the U.S.


Reuters:

The letters, telegrams and government documents date from April to December 1941 and show efforts by Otto Frank to get to the United States and Cuba before going into hiding in 1942, a period Anne Frank described in her diary before she eventually died aged 15 in a German concentration camp in 1945.

“It is for the sake of the children mainly that we have to care for. Our own fate is of less importance,” Otto Frank wrote in a letter to Strauss, who was the head of the U.S. Housing Authority. “You are the only person I know that I can ask.”

Frank asked for $5,000 to cover a deposit related to getting a U.S. visa, but the money was ultimately not needed because the visa was not granted.

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By shirtavia leggett, May 7, 2010 at 11:04 am Link to this comment
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ok you are nnot clare about what you are talkin about i have read alot of annefrankstory and every story is different.

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By Ben Takin, February 16, 2007 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment
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“When America pulls completely out of the Middle-East - all foreign aid, military involvement, troop deployment; which will happen as the public wakes up to the endless grief and folly of any involvement in that area”

Moshe,
Yes, we should immediately extract ourselves from the Middle East.  Now for reality, it won’t happen—-our political and economic system is controlled by the oil companies, we won’t leave the Middle East, until we stop hydrocarbon companies from dictating foreign policy—as long as we keep sucking oil from the earth, we will continue to “use” Israel and “Zionism” as a way to protect U.S. interests—-Israel possesses about 200 nuclear weapons—-just a few trinkets from the U.S. 

You say:  “The immigration laws of the time were beneficial to America and Americans, Americans fought suffered and died in a major European wars and the Americans deserve all the respect for that fact…”

Evidence that legislators were anxious to halt the influx of Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe was presented at the congressional hearings for the immigration law act of 1924, it was pointed out that the object was to regain the ethnically plural composition that had existed in 1890. The laws nowhere directly singled out Jews. In fact, Italian Americans were convinced that they were the targets.

Yet, if classifying the laws as clearly anti-Semitic is questionable, their relationship to the later European Jewish catastrophe is direct. Thousands of Jews might have survived World War II had these laws not been in force. They prevented Jewish refugees from finding haven where many already had family, and the genetic theory behind the quota, then called Nordic supremacy, was perceived as identical to the Aryan racial theory that motivated the Holocaust.

I don’t agree with the Iraq War and our current Immigration policy—-all formed by the desires of corporate America, however, I refuse to re-write American history, and the anti-Semitic policies that caused the death of thousands.

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By Moshe, February 15, 2007 at 9:27 pm Link to this comment
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When America pulls completely out of the Middle-East - all foreign aid,  military involvement, troop deployment; which will happen as the public wakes up to the endless grief and folly of any involvement in that area; and use those much needed and scarce resources in our own country, for our own children, on our own soil; our quality of life will increase dramatically.
- on Anne Franks ‘appreciation’ of comments here - she wouldn’t understand them, she was a german, and spoke german, she had no love of America - her parents never contributed to this country, and she - her parents et-all are owed nothing from this country.
The immigration laws of the time were beneficial to America and Americans, Americans fought suffered and died in a major European wars and the Americans deserve all the respect for that fact - giving their own lifes in a wars thousands of miles away. At home American’s suffered shortages and hardship to support the foreign war.
It’s sad that innocent American boys died in Europe by the hundreds of thousands - anything else = foreign history and I bear no sorrow or guilt for the problems and issues of those countries or peoples - any more than they bear sorrow or guilt for the Americans slaughtered by the Japanese.
It’s also particularly troubling that they are given nearly no recognition by the media for this incredible sacrifice, while one man’s rejected visa is heralded across the papers of the land as though it were the major sacrifice and injustice of the war.
Where the ink given to the injustice and sacrifice of the brothers, fathers, sons, cousins, who died or were maimed in the horrors of this foreign war - and who are dying today in Iraq, Somalia, Afghanistan.

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By Ben Takin, February 15, 2007 at 6:11 pm Link to this comment
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“It’s nice to see that there was a time when America maintained and held to reasonable and valuable immigration laws, and put the interests of Americans 1st. A shame that WWII had to be fought and so many good American boys died - who are now hated as “Evangelicals”.
I would love to see the US pull aid from her “surrogate” police in the middle -est - Israel and let that country worry about it’s issues - while we worry stricly about our own.”

Moshe,
Next time AIPAC has a meeting, tell them what Evangelicals really think about Jews. It might be a rude awakening—-anti-Semites and Jews, oh what strange bedfellows oil and religion make.

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By Jim Yell, February 15, 2007 at 1:41 pm Link to this comment
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I can’t for the life of me understand this 53710 and the business about WWII veterans being hated as evangelicals? To begin with they were evangelicals in “toto” and most were mindlessly religious because that was what they were taught to be. In fact there was a great deal of difference in religous belief and most would have prefered and rightly to have stayed home with their own lives.

They fought a hard and difficult war and probably the only war fought in the 20th century that could not have been avoided.

How this writer came up with that conclusion is beyond me and what does it have to do with excluding people who tried to leave Europe ahead of what was already known to be a death sentence.  Evangelicals are welcome to their beliefs, but I do wish they would stop grabbing for virtue they don’t have and stop trying to force their sillyness on others. We have Religious Freedom, but it stops at compelling people to believe and excluding them.

I am sure that Ann Frank would appreciate the posters sensitivity.

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By moshe, February 15, 2007 at 1:23 am Link to this comment
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It’s nice to see that there was a time when America maintained and held to reasonable and valuable immigration laws, and put the interests of Americans 1st. A shame that WWII had to be fought and so many good American boys died - who are now hated as “Evangelicals”.
I would love to see the US pull aid from her “surrogate” police in the middle -est - Israel and let that country worry about it’s issues - while we worry stricly about our own.

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By Quy Tran, February 14, 2007 at 6:20 pm Link to this comment
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How many other Anne Frank stories have not been denounced so far ? So stop talking to the walls !

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By Ben Takin, February 14, 2007 at 6:17 pm Link to this comment
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“In 1933, when Jews tried to escape from Germany, they were rejected from every nation. America, the home of religious freedom, closed its doors.

On May 13, 1939, the St. Louis, a cruise ship packed with 937 Jews, sailed from Hamburg, Germany, fleeing the Nazi terror. A majority of those on board had paid for passage and carried papers which granted them legal disembarkation in Cuba.

However, upon their arrival to Havana, they were not permitted to dock, but rather, were turned away to sail for Miami. Even when the United States was aware of the massacring of innocent Jews all over Europe, the U.S. Coast Guard intercepted the ship and warned it not to near US soil. The ship was forced to return to Europe.

It seems that Jews are only useful to the U.S.
if they act as a surrogate police force in the Middle East. Oh, and to make sure Evangelicals can have their RAPTURE.

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