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