Application form : Paper : Printed, Typed, Handwritten : Ink : Beige, Black ; Ht: 10,5 in. x W: 8 in.
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March 7, 1944
1 page, double-sided. Folded once vertically and twice horizontally. Square b&w photograph affixed to bottom right corner of recto. Document is an application to travel in the US for no more than 3 days (non-immigrant Visa), issued in Barcelona, Spain on March 7, 1944. The visa was issued to Jakob Baron, his wife Rejzla (Klarman) Baron, and their sons Maurice Aron Baron, and Albert Meyer Baron. They were to enter the United States at Philadelphia, Pa., around April 1, 1944, and cross the Canadian border around April 4, 1944. The family was to be under the care of the American Joint Distribution Committee during their time in the United States. No fee was prescribed for the visa. Transit certificate stamped on verso, left. Stamp on verso, right indicates that the family was admitted to the port in Philadelphia, Pa on April 2, 1944, for 2 days in transit to Montreal. Narrative: This visa was used to transport the donor Maurice Baron and his family into Montreal, where they settled. Maurice Baron was born in Nancy, France in 1931. He fled south to Toulouse in 1940 with his family, where they were assigned forced residence status on February 12, 1941. The Vichy Statute of October 4, 1940 stated that foreign Jews could at any time be assigned a forced residence by the prefect of the department in which they resided. This forced residence was in Bagnères-de-Luchon, on the Spanish border. In 1943-01 the Barons crossed the Pyrenees on foot, entered Spain and lived in Barcelona for one year. The Barons obtained visas to enter Canada via Portugal and travelled to Philadelphia via the Serpa Pinto, which left Lisbon on March 23, 1944 and docked in Philadelphia on April 6, 1944. They arrived in Montreal by train on April 8, 1944.