Escaping Nazism

Susan Freudenthal experienced the earliest waves of antisemitism in Nuremberg, Germany. In 1938, Susan traveled to New York to live with her uncle. Shortly after Susan left Germany, her brother traveled to England on a Kindertransport. <br><br>From New York, Susan worked tirelessly to obtain visas for her parents throughout the war, but they never made it out of Germany. Susan and her husband settled in Cincinnati in 1950.<br><br>Photo courtesy of The Center for Holocaust and Humanity Education
The Nazis’ rapid ascension to power forced a thousands of Jews to flee Germany and the surrounding nations, to seek refuge in cities across the United States, including Cincinnati.

Although 200,000 Jews were able to escape Hitler’s genocidal tyranny via entrance into the United States, immigration restrictions placed by the U.S. Government prevented tens of thousands more from evading a tragic fate.

The influx of German Jews in Cincinnati placed a tremendous responsibility on the local Jewish community as they worked to procure housing and employment for refugees.

The local Jewish community responded by establishing The Cincinnati Committee for Refugees. With the aid of the Committee and the entire community, European refugees were transitioned into American culture.