February 15th, 2007


Anne Frank's family denied visa to the U.S.

You wanna know why I beat the drum for immigration freedom so much? This is why. Incidentally, if you're a believer of the "jews in the attic" test for government laws, I'm not sure what else would possibly prove to you that our immigration laws fail the test.

Via octal.


By Tom Hals

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The father of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl whose diaries of life hiding from the Nazis became world famous, sought money and help obtaining a U.S. visa from a wealthy New York friend in hopes of escaping Europe, according to documents released on Wednesday.

Frank asked for $5,000 from college friend Nathan Strauss Jr., whose father at the time owned Macy's department store, as he tried to escape Holland with his wife, mother-in-law and daughters Margot and Anne, according documents from the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research in New York City.

"This is the first concrete evidence that he did actually pursue the possibility of escape from Holland," said David Engel, a New York University professor.
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