Myles Standish Marseille Vice Consul #austria-czech

Thomas F. Weiss

Dear fellow JGenners,

During the late 1930s and early 1940s, refugees >from all over
Europe, particularly >from Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia, and
Poland streamed >from the German occupied territories to France. When
France was defeated, many of these refugees went to the port city of
Marseille in the then unoccupied part of France. Here they were
often stuck in a bureaucratic quagmire created by the reluctance of
the French government to issue exit visas and the reluctance of the
American State Department to issue entry visas to the US. Most
American consuls followed the orders of the State Department to limit
immigration to the US. But, the Marseille consulate contained two
Vice Consuls who were sympathetic to the plight of refugees. These
were Hiram Bingham and Myles Standish. These two men also worked
closely with Varian Fry who helped to rescue prominent German,
Austrian, Czech, and Polish intellectuals then resident in France and
whose names were on a Nazi hit list.

Varian Fry has been honored posthumously for his rescue efforts.
Hiram BIngham has also been posthumously honored for his
conscientious stand on behalf of refugees against State Department
orders. His career ultimately suffered for his stand. A
commemorative stamp has been issued for him, he has gotten a State
Department commendation, and was honored by Yad Vashem.

Myles Standish worked closely with Bingham and Fry, also suffered
professionally for his moral stand, but his good works have not been
recognized. I am beholden to him since he signed both my entry visa
into the US and my mothers in 1941 enabling us to escape Europe
shortly before the curtain fell and no further emigration was
possible. My mother was born in Vienna, Austria and I was born in
Prague, Czechoslovakia.

I am researching the life of Myles Standish with the intention of
honoring him for his works. Unfortunately he is no longer alive but
some of this family members are and I am in touch with them.

I would like to hear >from other former refugees who were helped by
Myles Standish. I would also like to hear >from anyone who has any
knowledge of Myles Standish. Please reply privately. I would be
happy to help people who were assisted by Standish contact each other
upon request and with their permission.

Thomas Fischer Weiss
Newton, MA

FRENKEL (Buchach, Vienna); BUCHHALTER (Skalat); ENGEL (Vienna);
FISCHER (Hriskov, Schlan, Prague); FRAENKEL, FRUCHTER (Rozhnyatov,
Vienna); KATZ (Schlan); KLEPETAR (Jistebnice); MEISELS (Nadworna,
Vienna); OLLOP (Vienna); ORLIK (Pohor, Jistebnice, Benesov, Tabor);
QUADRATSTEIN (Vienna, Saarbrucken); VODICKA (Dobronitz, Jistebnice,
Benesov, Tabor)

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