Wisconsin Survivors of the Holocaust
9. Postwar Life & Immigration
A United Nations administrator helps Jews start new lives
From 1945 to 1950, Saul Sorrin worked in Germany as a United Nations resettlement administrator in displaced person camps — By altering documents, he helped thousands of survivors emigrate
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"And the second thing that happened in connection with the movement of Jews to the United States, the requirement that they come after December 22, 1945, that arbitrary a restriction, clearly designed to keep Jews out of the United States, was violated all over.
We just printed new DP cards for them.
Many of them changed their — this has never been said publicly but it's thirty years later and nobody knows who the people are — but there was change of both the time of arrival/day of arrival in the zone.
And there was widespread change of these identity cards to provide a place of birth, which would overcome the obstacles placed in their way by the national origins quotas.
So then a Jew, let's say, from Latvia, where there was a quota of two hundred or something each year might have to wait ten years or something before he got in.
So he changed his birthplace to West Germany or Germany where there was a very large quota unused because the Germans were not at that time eligible for immigration to the United States."
Sorrin Interview, Tape 1, Side 2
Transcript page 16 (PDF, 463 KB)