Cassel Photo Gallery

Below are excerpts from Henry Cassel’s insightful 20-page autobiography:

..”Many influential people who never became Nazis helped Hitler’s rise. The look back at 1933 should be directed at this widespread behaviour that sprang from sympathy, opportunism, career ambitions, fear, poor judgment, belief if a fuhrer, and many other factors.

.. “Nobody realized what was in stock. Hitler knew he had legally assumed the seat of power which he was supposed to share with other rightist parties. And, it didn’t take long for him to make himself absolute ruler. He set fire to the Reichstag (the Parliament Building) blaming a Dutch Communist, who was executed without trial, and then he banned the Communist party.

..”This laissez-faire attitude, thus giving respectability, allowed Hitler to develop his plans. The Jewish citizens, with apparent mobility – at least at that time – still felt secure.

…”280, 000 Jews had left Germany by 1939, (12,000 were already in concentration camps –a few who had valid entry permits to other countries, however, were released). This was before the “final solution” i.e., before systematic extermination actually began. The U.S. had accepted 140,000 refugees from 1933 to 1938, an average of not quite 24,000 annually, not filling its annual quotas. And in 1939, after the worst of all pogroms ( the crystal night in November 1938) , the US administration still did not enlarge the set quota.”

To read the complete Henry Cassel autobiography click HERE

Henry Cassel  with his parents, Olga (Midas) Cassel and Adolph Cassel. Olga was a sister of Bill's maternal grandfather, Lothar Midas.

Henry Cassel with his parents, Olga (Midas) Kassel and Adolph Kassel. Olga was a sister of Bill’s maternal grandfather, Lothar Midas.

Henry Cassel with his first wife, Reta

Henry Cassel with his first wife, Reta

Henry with his second wife, Esther

Henry with his second wife, Esther

Standing: (l to r) Sofie (frank) Midas, Gerhard Midas, Liselotte (Glass) Midas, Lothar Midas, Henry Cassel. Seated: Andrew Midas Cassel and Richard Cassel

Standing: (l to r) Sofie (Frank) Midas (Bill’s grandmother), Gerhard Midas, Liselotte (Glass) Midas, Lothar Midas (Bill’s grandfather), Henry Cassel. Seated: Andrew Midas Cassel and Richard Cassel (Henry’s sons)

Andrew (Henry's older son)  and wife Lynda Cassel

Andrew (Henry’s older son) and wife Lynda Cassel

Richard Cassel (Henry's younger son) and friend Marion Hershoran

Richard Cassel (Henry’s younger son) and friend Marion Hershoran

(l to r)David Robert Cassel, Andrew Midas Cassel, Lynda Ruth (Standil) Cassel, Erin Marisa Cassel, Nova Teru Cassel, Mako (Funada) Cassel, Daniel Benjamin Cassel

(l to r)David Robert Cassel, Andrew Midas Cassel, Lynda Ruth (Standil) Cassel, Erin Marisa Cassel, Nova Teru Cassel, Mako (Funada) Cassel, Daniel Benjamin Cassel

Henry with granddaughter Erin

Henry with granddaughter Erin 

(l to r) Gerhard Midas, Esther Cassel, Thea Midas,Eric Midas, Liselote Midas

(l to r) Gerhard Midas, Esther Cassel, Thea Midas,Eric Midas, Liselotte Midas

(l to r) unknown, Thea and Eric Midas with daughter Margerete, Henry and Esther Cassel

(l to r) unknown, Thea and Eric Midas with daughter Margerete, Henry and Esther Cassel

Henry's mother Olga (Midas) Cassel. She was also the sister of Bill's grandfather Lothar Midas.

Henry’s mother Olga (Midas) Cassel. She was also the sister of Bill’s grandfather Lothar Midas.

Henry's father Adolph Kassel

Henry’s father Adolph Kassel.  Henry’s parents, Olga and Adolph Kassel were captured by the Nazis in 1943 and deported to Auschwitz where they were exterminated. 

Lynda and Andrew Cassel at Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan

Lynda and Andrew Cassel at Narita Airport, Tokyo, Japan

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