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Escape from Further Reprisals

That reprisals and political persecution did not end throughout Europe in 1945 is demonstrated by accounts found in Displaced Persons (DPs) applications for financial and material support. In an application for support to the International Refugee Organization (IRO) from 1950, Margarethe Haber described her life in Slovakia and her fear of imprisonment because she had connections to the western Allies. To escape persecution, she officially divorced her husband and married an Austrian, through whom she procured an Austrian passport. After arriving in Vienna, she attempted to bring her “divorced” husband to Austria in order to reunite the family. The archives contain no other documents about her fate.

(, ITS Digital Archive, Bad Arolsen)