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A new attempt

An affidavit from the USA brought hope

“Leo Abraham, Elsa Marx Abraham, and their children (…) shall at no time become a charge upon or burden to the United States.”

Scranton, Pennsylvania

Leo Abraham, his wife Elsa and their kids Bertel and Hannelore should have been in Palestine for a long time and not still stuck in Altenkirchen in the Rhineland in 1938. Leo had begun to collect the forms and documents necessary for emigration soon after the Nazis came to power. However, due to a car accident, Leo suffered injuries to such an extent that emigration seemed impossible for a long time. The visa for Palestine expired. Now the Abraham family was making a second attempt. Leo Abraham’s cousin David Landau, a U.S. citizen, obtained an affidavit for the Abrahams in September 1938. As a lawyer with his own practice in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Landau had a good income at his disposal. This was an important requirement, since Landau himself had to assume responsibility for all financial necessities of the Abraham family.



Leo Baeck Institute – New York | Berlin


Leo Abraham Collection, AR 25184

Source available in English


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