There was no asylum policy at the time, leaving Jews who were trying to escape Nazis no hope of using claims of asylum to get out from under the rule of the Adolph Hitler. Frank depended on Strauss' political connections and financial resources, as well as two brothers-in-law of Frank's who lived in the United States, but they were not enough, the museum found.
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In 1939, Washington had issued fewer than 30,000 visas for those wishing to come to America, NBC News reported.
Eventually, the United States closed all German consulates and Nazi Germany did the same to American consulates. After the Pearl Harbor attack, there was a stoppage of transatlantic shipping traffic, which blocked the route the Franks could have taken to escape to Cuba.
Despite all of the roadblocks presented to the Franks and their emigration attempts, the family was never outright denied visas by the American consulate, NBC News reported.
The Anne Frank House and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum both point out that the United States never refused to allow the Franks to enter, but rather it was the circumstances, like the bombardment of Rotterdam, and the stoppage of transatlantic traffic, that kept the Franks in Amsterdam and forced them into hiding on July 6, 1942, and later being discovered by the Nazis and being sent to concentration camps.
FILE - In this Monday, June 14, 1971 photo Dr. Otto Frank holds the Golden Pan award, given for the sale of one million copies of the famous paperback 'The Diary of Anne Frank' in London, Great Britain. New research suggests that the family of Anne Frank, the world-famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were tragically thwarted by Americaâs restrictive immigration policy, cumbersome bureaucracy and the outbreak of World War II. Only Otto Frank survived the holocaust. (AP Photo/Dave Caulkin, file)
Credit: Dave Caulkin
Credit: Dave Caulkin
Anne Frank, her mother, Edith, and sister, Margot, died in the camps. The only survivor of the Frank family was Otto. He was liberated by Russian soldiers from Auschwitz on Jan. 27, 1945.
Otto returned to Amsterdam in the hopes that someone from his family had survived. During the trip, he heard of his wife, Edith's, death, and eventually discovered that his two daughters also died at the hands of the Nazis. During that trip, he was given the diary that Anne wrote while in hiding that was eventually published.