Auguste Mohr Letter to Gestapo – Dec. 2, 1938
We continue to move forward in an attempt to complete, as best we can, the story of Bill’s family’s escape from Germany.
BELOW are copies of Bill’s mother’s 12/2/1938 letter to the Gestapo, in which she pleads for the release of his father from Dachau. The letter is in German with a Google translation to English.
Given the rules at the time, the visa from the Haitian Consulate meant Bill’s family could leave the country thereby allowing his father to be released from Dachau. His mother, while packing household goods, was accompanied by a member of the Gestapo. He stood next to her and oversaw what she could take and not take, i.e., type of items and the amount. One example is, she could only pack service for 5 place settings of silver utensils; one for each member of the family and only one extra.
For a detailed description of the Gestapo: purpose, tactics and eventual goals, click HERE for the Jewish Virtual Library’s description.
Harriet and Bill
To see a pdf file of the above letters click Auguste Mohr Letters to Gestapo
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