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Marianne & Jane: A Pen Pal’s Story

Behind Every Name Animated Video Series

Marianne Winter from Vienna and Jane Bomberger from Pennsylvania had been pen pals for several years when the Nazis took control of Austria in 1938. Marianne’s family wanted to immigrate to the United States, but they needed an American to sponsor them financially. Marianne asked Jane if she knew anyone who could provide the financial support. Jane’s response came as a total surprise.

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