passage to US in 1941 #general

Paul Silverstone

I found a family who arrived in NY >from Europe on 24 Sep 1941 on the
Portuguese Serpa Pinto which carried a lot of refugees. They had
German passports with their visas issued in France in July 1941.
The authority on the manifest is QIV 44 & following.

The family believes they "pulled strings in Washington via their
congressmen and a special act of Congress which granted places to
150,000 extra Jews in the US and which our uncles were able to take
advantage of."
I don't believe there was any such act of Congress. The question is
What strings might they have pulled?
Paul Silverstone
New York
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