48, Berkeley Square,
12th July. 1943.
His Holiness Pope Pius XII,
I pray to be forgiven for writing to Your Holiness on a personal matter, but it concerns my aged parents whose lives I am trying to save.
They are Jacob and Dina Lucas, aged 66 and 67 respectively. They are German Jews who have resided for the past few years at 37, Merwedeplein, Amsterdam. Since the invasion of Holland I have done everything I could possibly think of to get them out to a place of safety; many friends have been helpful but so far in vain. The Swiss Authorities have kindly promised them Entry Visas for Switzerland, but we could not obtain Exit Permits from the German Authorities.
I have since heard that in March last they were deported from Amsterdam, and all efforts to trace them have failed. I fully realise that in the sea of suffering which has overwhelmed so many countries and nations, the lives of two elderly people are only one small drop. But, in spite [13v] of all the endeavours which have been made in many quarters it is still only individual refugees - Jews and others - who have been saved, and this emboldens me to appeal to Your Holiness four your gracious help.
Would it be possible for the Vatican Representative in Germany or Holland to make enquiries as to the weherabouts and fate of my parents, and - if they are still alive, as I pray God they may be - to approach the German Authorities for permission for them to leave Germany or German-occupied territory for Switzerland, where they would be cared for by friends? It is the only hope I have left of their being saved and I trust my appeal to Your Holiness for this act of grace is not in vain.
With renewed apologies and with heartfelt thanks for anything which Your Holiness may find it possible to do in this matter.
I beg to remain
Yours very faithfully,
Archivio Apostolico Vaticano, Segreteria di Stato, Commissione Soccorsi 302, fasc. 9, fol. 13rv