The following is an excerpt from an article I recently wrote for the Heinz History Center Library & Archives blog. It’s about a noteworthy trans-Atlantic correspondence between a Pittsburgh couple and a Vienna couple in the months leading up to World War II.
“My husband and I are both Jews,” a Viennese dressmaker named Gertrude Perles confessed in an October 23, 1938, letter to Pittsburgh. “I am sure you know what is going on here and I need not give you a more precise explanation. It is growing worse every day. Our only hope is to emigrate to the U.S.A. Please, if you are able to send affidavits for me and my husband, for Heaven’s sake, do it, before it will be too late for us.”