Re: Who could leave Austria 1939-1940? #austria-czech

Eva Lawrence

While there were strict laws on what possessions Jewish people leaving the
country could take with them, the main problem was obtaining a visa for the
destination of choice. Germany and Austria were only too glad for Jews to
leave - as long as they left their money behind. USA and Britain required
a sponsor who would guarantee that they would not become a financial
liability to their new home, and only a citizen of the destination country
was acceptable - in the case of England, he also had to be British-born.
So there had to be a deposition of money, and also quotas were imposed.
Often it was a question of what persons of influence one knew - such as the
Baroness mentioned.
Eva Lawrence
St Albans, UK.

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