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Subject: Holocaust Almanac: Emigration from Germany

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   "Preparing the emigration file was an exhausting experience,
   frought with obstacles. First, every Jew had to have a destination
   and the assurance of an entry visa. He had to type out sixteen
   forms in sextuplicate, answering every question in full (answers
   such as 'not applicable' were to be avoided), attach three
   photographs, a birth certificate, a marriage certificate, a
   local-citizenship certificate, a character reference issued in the
   last six weeks, an affidavidt from the municipality attesting to
   place of residence, receipts showing that all taxes had been paid,
   a certificate from the Treasury to the same effect, separate lists
   with documentation of all property, even that in the Reich or the
   Sudetenland, a list of all jewelry, a list of all the goods he
   meant to take with him, with separate evaluations of their worth
   made by official assessors for all types of assets -- furniture,
   household goods, furs, carpets, books. The property and jewelry
   lists were transferred by irrevocable power of attorney. Effects
   leaving the country were taxed at 100 percent of their value. They
   were exporting Jews, not money, and official policy was to strip
   the Jews of as much of their possessions as possible, so that they
   would constitute a greater burden on their host countries after
   emigrating; in this way they would invite more opposition from the
   local population, thereby serving the propaganda interests of Nazi
   Germany." (Bondy, 145-6)
                              Work Cited

   Bondy, Ruth.  Elder of the Jews.  New York: Grove Press, 1989.
   (Translated from "Edelshtain neged had-zeman".  Zmora, Bitan,
   Modan, publishers, 1981) 

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