Born: 1934, Berlin, Germany
Describes father's attempts to obtain visas for the family to emigrate from Nice, in the south of France [Interview: 1990]
As prewar antisemitism intensified, Hessy's family fled from Germany to Paris, France. France fell to the German army in June 1940. Hessy's family was smuggled into the "zone libre" (free zone) in southern France. The family received a U.S. visa in 1941, but was unable to leave before the visa expired and could not obtain an extension. In 1942, the family obtained visas to enter Cuba, where they settled before emigrating to the U.S. in 1949.
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