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William R. Perl
Lawyer/businessman, psychologist, Jewish leader
Perl was born in Prague and his early years were spent in Vienna. He was a student at the University of Vienna where he was involved in the Zionist movement. He obtained his Ph.D. in Law, a Master's degree in International Business and practice law in Vienna until the Nazi take-over in 1938. Perl helped organize large-scale illegal immigration Jews to Palestine, a number which Perl estimated to be some 40,000. The history of the Jewish immigration operation is told in Perl's books, The Four-front War: From the Holocaust to the Promised Land (1979) and Operation Action: Rescue from the Holocaust (1983).
Perl arrived in the United States in 1940, his wife, Lore Rollig, a Viennese woman, was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp for giving aid to Jewish children. Perl entered the U.S. Army in 1941 and became an intelligence office. In 1945, in defiance of the Army, he rescued Lore from Vienna which was, at the time, under Russian control.
When the war ended, Perl played a significant role in the prosecution of members of the SS for the killing of American prisoners of war at Malmedy, Belgium in December, 1944.
After the war, Perl studied psychology at Columbia University, continued to serve in the Army as a psychologist and retired from the Army with the rank of Lt. Colonel in 1966.
We know of Perl's poetry by an archivist note that
the Perl Papers at George Washington "contains 6 folders of
poems, short stories, essays and other writings" by Perl. [Source:
Sketch & Miscellaneous Writings, William R. Perl Papers,
Special Collections Department, Melvin Gelman Library, George Washington
University, Washington, D.C.]
William R. Perl, The Four-front War: From the Holocaust to the Promised Land (New York: Crown Publishers, 1979)
____________, Operation Action: Rescue from the Holocaust (New York: F. Ungar Pub. Co., 1983)
____________, The Holocaust Conspiracy: An International Policy of Genocide (New York: Shapolsky Publishers, 1989)