August 22, 1947
Mr. Ben Stolberg
222 W. 23rd Street
New York 11, N. Y.
Could you tell me whether there is an organization or person who could help me to protect a White Russian friend of mine in Europe? This friend, an elderly woman, is a Displaced Person in the American occupied zone of Austria. I have sent her an affidavit and all the necessary documents to apply for a visa to come to America, but there is no quota at present for friends, only for relatives of American citizens.
In view of the extremely precarious political situation in Austria, I am very worried about her fate in case of a Communist revolution out there. The position of a White Russian in Europe is extremely dangerous, and I am sure you understand why I am worried about her.
Is there anyone who could help her to obtain an American visa or help her to remain under American protection, should there be a change of government in Austria? I would appreciate it very much if you could let me know what one can do in such a situation.
How is the American Writers’ Association doing? I understand that we have beaten the Cain Plan.[*] My congratulations to all of you for that.
With best regards,
*The Cain Plan was a proposal by left-wing writers to outlaw contracts between individuals and studios or producers. The plan was not adopted.