Jane Sey­mour

Visa ap­pli­ca­tion for Michaela Syn­ga­lowski and her fam­ily, try­ing t i to t leave l Nazioc­cu­pied France

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Why have you picked it? “The visa ap­pli­ca­tions re­vealed a story of Michaela’s per­sis­tence, ap­ply­ing again and again for safe pas­sage for her fam­ily to var­i­ous coun­tries and ul­ti­mately a mirac­u­lous story of es­cape and sur­vival.

“We found a num­ber of visa ap­pli­ca­tions for Michaela and her fam­ily try­ing to go to the United States, to Mex­ico and Switzer­land.

“The date of the re­fusal of the fi­nal ap­pli­ca­tion to Switzer­land (19 Novem­ber 1942) re­vealed just how close the fam­ily came to be­ing rounded up by the Nazis.”

Where did you find it? Ar­chives Na­tionales, Paris ( www.archives­na­tionales.cul­ture.gouv.fr)

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