VARIAN FRY HOLOCAUST HERO

Ananya Pagadala

THE BEGINNING

Reporter Varian Fry wittnesed Nazi savagery in Germany while on bussiness in 1935.

Struck by the horror, he went back to the USA to raise funds for the European Anti Nazi's (at a single sitting he was able to raise $3000 for the Emergency Rescue Committee).

In 1940 he left New York, at the age of 31 as a representative of the Emergency Rescue Committee.

With a list of names he headed to Marseille, the last major french port, not under german control.

His mission was to help those at risk of nazi persecution, to escape their would be tormenters.

The Process

Posing as a relief worker by day, and operating as an underground railroader by night, Fry and his small band of devoted helpers defied the authorities, hustling up fake passports and visas, organizing escape routes out of France to Spain and Portugal, where many sailed by ship to safety in America. a relief worker by day, and operating as an underground railroader by night, Fry and his small band of devoted helpers defied the authorities, hustling up fake passports and visas, organizing escape routes out of France to Spain and Portugal, where many sailed by ship to safety in America.

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Aftermath

Varian Fry's project was brought to an abrupt end in 1941, when he was arrested by the police and eventually deported. After the war, he wrote two books about his experiences in Marseille, Assignment Rescue and Surrender On Demand, but he never received the acclaim that his remarkable courage merited.

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