Pimlico, London, United Kingdom

"Anything is better than Buchenwald."

Colonel Josiah C. Wedgwood (MP) replies to Joel Reich's request for help in immigrating to Mandatory Palestine with a striking conclusion: "Anything is better than Buchenwald." After receiving a German passport following the Anschluss, Joel (1905–98), his wife Sprinca (1906–91), and their son Theodor Josef (b. 1936) fled Vienna (Austria) for Riga (Latvia). During the fourteen months they spent in Riga, Joel sent requests for visas to the United States and Mandatory Palestine in a desperate attempt to escape fascist Europe.

[Reich Family Papers: 2009.0.86.5]