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Wednesday, June 29, 2011
New Documents Uncovered, 70 Years from the Rebbe's Arrival in the US

In honor of the seventieth anniversary of the Rebbe and Rebbetzin's arrival in the United States 70 years ago today, we are pleased to present this document to the public for the first time.

Uncovered recently by the research team for the forthcoming book, The Rebbe's Early Years, this application was filled out by the Rebbe in Marseilles, France, in April, 1941. The application and the subsequent visa were signed by the renowned Myles Standish who, through his position as Vice-Consul in Marseille, France, together with Vice-Consul Hiram (Harry) Bingham helped rescue thousands of Jews from the Nazis and their collaborators in France, by granting them United States visas.

The Rebbe's Early Years, by Rabbis Boruch Oberlander and Elkanah Shmotkin, has been in the making for over ten years, and will present this document alongside 1,500 others -- for the first time ever, telling the full story of the Rebbe's life from birth until his arrival in the United States.

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