letter from parents Letters: 1938-1946

The Letters of A. Leo Oppenheim

A. Leo Oppenheim and his wife Lilly left Vienna in 1938, and arrived in the United States in 1941. Dr. Oppenheim’s sister and her husband also managed to escape Austria. Their elderly parents – Alfred and Johanna Oppenheim – remained behind.

Upon his arrival in the United States, Dr. Oppenheim worked to secure his parents safety. He obtained visas to Cuba for them, but the entrance of the United States into the war in December 1941 made it impossible for the Oppenheim parents to leave Germany. They were sent to Theresienstadt.

Dr. Oppenheim’s efforts to secure his parents’ release continued long after their deaths. In 1945, he attempted to have them included in a prisoner exchange for Palestine, not knowing that they had perished in Theresienstadt the year before.

letter from oppenheim
Dr. Oppenheim wrote to Mirjam de Leeuw about a prisoner exchange.
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reply to oppenheim
Mirjam de Leew's reply
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