Josef Frank – Letters

Josef Frank – born in Lathen, Germany, 29th July 1920

Profession in country of origin: Butcher’s assistant

Arrived in Britain as a refugee from Germany in 1939


Letter: 16 December 1938 – English translation follows

Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Document, US Foreign Service, Waitlist number 8388, 16 December 1938
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Document, US Foreign Service, Waitlist number 8388, 16 December 1938

The Foreign Service of the United States of America

Regarding:

File Number 811.11

American Consulate General

Hamburg, Dec. 16, 1938

In response to your request, you are hereby informed that you, Joseph Frank, are registered at the local Consulate General under the German quota waiting list number 8388.  If you wish your application to be processed further at an American consulate outside of Germany, it is recommended that you submit your final and formal request for an immigrant visa immediately upon your arrival, whereupon the appropriate U.S. Consulate will be in charge. The local Consulate General will then send the information to the relevant American Consulate after receiving a request from that Consulate. A German quota number will also be sent to the appropriate American Consulate if it is  in line with the waiting list of the local American Consulate, where you made your formal request. At the moment it is impossible to say exactly when your waiting list number will be reached but it does not seem likely that this will happen in the next 6 months. It should also be noted that the decision about your admittance to the United States also depends on the U.S, immigration laws and regulations where you formally request your immigration visa.

Respectfully

For the Consul General:

Richard M. Davis [? Handwritten signature]

American Vice Consul

[Stamped with seal “Hamburg, Germany”]

[Editor’s note: Kindly translated by a Kitchener descendant]

Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, transport to camp, 4 August 1939, page 1
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, transport to camp, 4 August 1939, page 1

Hilfsverein for Jews in Germany

Government Department for Emigration of Jews in Germany

Berlin     August 4, 1939

Subject: Passage

Richborough, England                                                    31 Artillery St.

Transportation Dept.                                                    Registered Mail

Mr Joseph Frank

LATHEN (EMS)

16 Haupstrasse

Attached we will give you your passport, Number 58, issued in Aschendorf on June 24, 1939 , with English and Belgian visas, which may be required by authorities for administrative purposes. According to existing regulations, it may be possible to get 10 Reich marks in foreign currency against your passport entry and take it with you. The procurement of this foreign exchange loan is up to you.

We point out that today’s transmission of your passport does not entitle you to travel abroad alone. The prerequisite for your entry into England is the presentation of your photographed transit card stamped by us and stamped by the British Passport Control Office in Berlin with the English Immigration Officer. Without this card the English visa is worthless and entry into England is impossible. It follows the route to the warehouse. If a camp driver wanders without our permission, whether he is going directly to England or making a stopover in other countries, he loses his claim to the camp and must bear all the consequences himself.

Also enclosed are the following:

Police certificate of good conduct

Doctor’s certificate of good health

Registration form

Please take all of the above with you in your wallet to the camp.

Respectfully,

Office for the Jews in Germany, Department of Immigration (Hilfsverein)

Copy to Advisory Offices

Response to  File Number 811.11

The Foreign Service of the United States of America

[Editor’s note: Kindly translated by a Kitchener descendant]

Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, transport to camp, railway route, 4 August 1939
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, transport to camp, railway route, 4 August 1939
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, transport to camp, 4 August 1939, page 2
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Hilfsverein der Juden in Deutschland, transport to camp, 4 August 1939, page 2
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Father Krull income to support refugee, 4 April 1940
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Father Krull income to support refugee, 4 April 1940
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Department of Labor, Division J, Alien of German Origin, 23 October 1944
Kitchener camp, Josef Frank, Letter, Department of Labor, Division J, Alien of German Origin, 23 October 1944

Reproduced here with the kind permission of the Frank family for Joseph Frank