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Submitted by Deborah Samuel Holman

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Category: Translation - German
Approval Date: 5/8/2022 2:30 PM
Family Surname: LICHTENTHAL
Country: Austria
Town: Vienna
Date of Image: April 8, 1954
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This is page 2 of a 6-page letter from my great-grandparents, Sigmund and Rosa Lichtenthal to their lawyer, Robert Janowitz in Vienna, Austria. I think it has to do with obtaining reparations for losses from the Holocaust.

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5/13/2022 3:14 AM here is part two:
In March 1938 when Hitler was brought from Germany to Austria by the Austrian Nazis, he was cheered by 70% of the population in streets decorated with flowers and music and swastika flags!! Then the next day all Jewish bank accounts were blocked for withdrawing money. After a few days the Arisearen also came to us; 3 gentlemen came, the commissioner in SS uniform, the corps leader in AS uniform and the Arisear in SA uniform, presented me with a letter from the district management, according to which the "Lital" hat factory would be taken over and continued by the National Socialist Party in the interests of the 60 employees and workers. When I asked what remuneration we get for the whole company, I received the answer from one of the 3 gentlemen: You and your family will be well compensated so that you will be able to start a new business abroad. After I agreed to the deletion of my name at the Commercial Court, the mask fell off and large signs “Lital now Aryan” were put up at all my locations. Two days later, all Jewish employees were dismissed without notice and without compensation.

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