The Meridian Star, February 1, 1939

Liselotte and Leo Levy, ages seventeen and fourteen, immigrated from Nazi Germany to United States in January 1939. They arrived in New York City and caught a bus to Meridian, Mississippi, where relatives lived. They were interviewed by a reporter for The Meridian Star on the morning after their arrival. That afternoon a story about the two “German refugees” was published on page one of the newspaper. The article does not mention the fact that the refugees were Jewish. Such was the intense anti-Semitism at the time that it was not easy to be a Jewish refugee and the very word “Jew” was avoided.