US Immigration Letter
Not to be filled in by the applicant
American General Consulate Berlin
Stein Ludwig, Valerie, Herbert
With reference to the completed questionnaire submitted herewith, containing your request for reservation of a spot for immigration to the USA, you are hereby informed, that you are added to the waiting list with the date February 20, 1939, on the Hungarian waiting list, number 00141 / 00142 / 00143.
You will be notified in a timely manner when your number on the waiting list comes up. This document must be kept in a safe place. The registration number is not the quota (number).
US immigration waiting list notice of February 20, 1939, for Ludwig, Valerie, and Herbert Stein.
America's immigration laws have always placed quotas on the number of people allowed to enter the United States from other countries. For example, in 1939 the quota allowed for 27,370 German citizens to immigrate to the United States. In 1938, more than 300,000 Germans —mostly Jewish refugees —had applied for U.S. visas (entry permits). A little over 20,000 applications were approved.
How would you feel if your life depended on leaving and you got this letter?
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