Wednesday, May 24, 2017

1944 LISBON, PORTUGAL: ARRIVAL OF PROMINENT HUNGARIAN JEWISH INDUSTRIALISTS

1944 LISBON, PORTUGAL: ARRIVAL OF PROMINENT HUNGARIAN JEWISH INDUSTRIALISTS
(excerpts from: a War Refugee Board letter of July 4, 1944 to the Secretary of State; HIAS Emigration Assoc. to War Refugee Board)

“In confirmation of the Embassy’s telegram No. 2054,
July 1, 1944, 1 p.m., I have the honor to report that on
June 26 and 27, 1944, a group of thirty-two Hungarian
Jewish capitalists and industrialists arrived in Lisbon,
without previous warning, accompanied by their families.
A list of the names of the members of this group, together
with the number and date of the passports issued to the
heads of the families, is attached hereto….”:



“… detained on German territory (not in Hungary), as hostages & as the price of silence, Baron Alphonse,--the husband of Elizabeth Weiss--& a son & daugter-in-law of Baron Moric Kornfeld….”

“In Vienna there remained as hostages Hana (Hans?) Muetner, Baron Alfons Weiss, George S. Kornfeld, wife & children.” (from AMLEGATION, Bern. 7/24,1944, to Sec’y of State, Washington)