By Varian Fry
Marseilles, France...August, 1940 The Gestapo's blacklist was once millions of names long...How many folks might he get out earlier than Hitler sealed the frontiers? Varian Fry did not understand to any extent further approximately being an secret agent than what he'd obvious within the video clips. yet, he was once the single guy who may possibly get into Vichy France, the place millions of individuals had fled Hitler's Germany. until he may well get them out, they would be trapped-turned again to the focus camps and dying camps. an exhilarating, real tale of worldwide battle II - Varian Fry describes the equipment he used to get millions of hunted women and men to security.
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So, on looking back, the Fry story almost brings to mind the successful fight of David against Goliath, or the Greek myth that pits crafty Ulysses against the huge Cyclops. It must not be forgotten, of course, that we experienced serious and tragic failures (all described here): the suicide of Walter Benjamin, the extradition of Breitscheid and Hilferding to the Nazis, the miscarriage of early schemes to evacuate our “clients” by boat to North Africa. I remember Varian’s reaction to such setbacks.
It happened that I hit Barellet at a good moment. Two Gestapo agents had just paid him a visit and spent the entire morning looking into his files and questioning his subordinates about Barellet’s politics and the way he ran his office. This had made Barellet furious. His feelings and his pride were hurt. “Those so-and-sos,” he said. “All morning long they were nosing into my business. Ordering me around like I was a complete idiot. Then, before they left, they gave me a list of three names. ‘Arrest these three foreigners as quickly as you can, or things will go tough with you,’ they said.
His feelings and his pride were hurt. “Those so-and-sos,” he said. “All morning long they were nosing into my business. Ordering me around like I was a complete idiot. Then, before they left, they gave me a list of three names. ‘Arrest these three foreigners as quickly as you can, or things will go tough with you,’ they said. ” I asked. Barellet picked up a small piece of paper from his desk and handed it to me. Written in pencil, in a German hand, were the names of Prince Ernst Ridiger von Starhemberg, Georg Bernhard, and Max Braun.
Assignment. Rescue by Varian Fry