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A priceless cache of letters from Anne Frank's father has been discovered in New York. The correspondence reveals just how desperately the Franks tried to escape from the Netherlands.
Anne Frank wrote one of the most poignant and memorable memoirs of the Holocaust. Now letters from her father Otto Frank have been discovered, revealing just how desperately he tried to save the family.
A file containing around 80 letters written by Anne Frank's father Otto Frank has been discovered in the archives of the New York-based YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, the Web site of Time magazine reported Thursday. The trove includes letters written by Otto Frank -- who survived the Holocaust -- between April 30, 1941 and Dec. 11, 1941, as well as letters from Frank's American relatives and a friend, Nathan Straus Jr., the son of the founder of Macy's department store....
The ugly secret of WWII is that all nations share a limited guilt in the holocost. I have heard that some Jews were allowed into the US, while others had to go thru Mexico and cross the border. The movie, "Ship of Fools" is about a real incident, where Hitler loaded a passenger ship with Jews and sent it to other international ports to prove that NO ONE WANTED THE JEWS. No one did, not even the US. The ship returned to Germany and the Jews were sent to camps.
There seems to several interesting articles about the Nazis, at the URL. One should address the article itself, however.
"The question remains as to why Frank's pleas were not answered. According to YIVO executive director Carl Rheins, the file raises uncomfortable questions about US immigration policy at the time."
The U.S. and many of the people in the Netherlands itself could have been helpful the Jews. While one has to admire the many of the members of the Resistance in the Netherlands, there were far too many pro-Nazi types there too.