Monday, February 6, 2023

Would anyone welcome them?


United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

One of the common misconceptions about the Holocaust is that Jews could have simply moved away from the Nazi threat. It wasn’t so easy. A significant hurdle was finding a place willing to accept them. The survivors featured in the photographs below took different, arduous journeys to safe havens around the world, reaching them through sacrifice, determination, and luck.






Images: The Jewish Agency for Palestine cared for child refugees in Tehran in 1942, with assistance from local and international Jewish aid groups. Some 870 of these “Tehran Children” continued on to Palestine in 1943. USHMM, courtesy of David Laor; Jewish refugees sell gelato in the Ferramonti camp in southern Italy in April 1942. USHMM, courtesy of Jabotinsky Institute; During World War II, German Jewish refugee Ruth Weyl (left) worked as a housekeeper at the Kisumu Hotel. USHMM, gift of Ruth Weyl; Left to right are Sophie Goldschmidt-Stern, Ruth Adametz-Cohen, Margot Hirschi, and Liselotte Liesl Scherzer. They were able to escape Nazi Germany for Great Britain. USHMM, gift of Alisa Tennenbaum; From left, Simon Bergman, and Masza, Norbert, and Abraham Swislocki take a boat ride in Japan in 1941. USHMM, courtesy of Norbert Swislocki; These women were among the 982 refugees allowed to come to Fort Ontario, in Oswego, New York, in 1944. Ruth Gruber Archives; Holocaust survivor Rita Rubinstein (Rifka Lifschitz) in Feldafing, Germany, circa 1946–1949, (courtesy of Rita Lifschitz Rubinstein) and as an adult, today. US Holocaust Memorial Museum

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