German Jews attempting to immigrate to the United States in the late 1930s faced overwhelming bureaucratic hurdles.
The bureaucratic hurdles facing German Jews attempting to emigrate in the late 1930s were overwhelming. Nations required extensive documentation that was often virtually impossible to obtain. The following is a list of the documents required by the United States to obtain a visa.
Certificate of Good Conduct from German Police authorities, including two copies of each:
Affidavits of Good Conduct (after September 1940) from several responsible disinterested persons
Physical examination at US consulate
Proof of permission to leave Germany (imposed September 30, 1939)
Proof that prospective immigrant had booked passage to the Western hemisphere (imposed September 1939)