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FROM THE USHMM: Fleeing Nazi Persecution Through Spanish-speaking Lands & more
Facing Nazi persecution during the Holocaust, Jews had few
options for escape. At a time when many nations had strict quotas for
immigration, some Jews were able to obtain permission to travel to
countries in Latin America. Others braved escape from France trekking under
cover of darkness through the Pyrenees mountains to Spain.
This Hispanic Heritage Month, explore stories about individuals from across
the Spanish-speaking world who offered Jewish refugees help and hope.
Photos: Portrait of diplomatic rescuer George
courtesy of Enrico Mandel-Mantello; Dr. Natalio Berman, a
Jewish immigrant and member of Chile's parliament, attends a Red Cross
conference circa 1938–39. International
Committee of the Red Cross; Di
shtime / La Voz Israelita de Mexico no. 240, Mexico City,
January 13, 1940; Film created in 1941 by the Dominican Republic Settlement
Holocaust survivor Michel Margosis speaks at the Museum. USHMM; Betty and
Marcel Frydman were rescued in the early 1940s by Chilean social worker
Maria Errazuriz (formerly Maria Edwards). Yad Vashem; Robert Wagemann, a
physically disabled Jehovah's Witness child, sits on his hospital bed in
Berlin, circa 1942–43. USHMM,
courtesy of Robert Wagemann