Jewish men were being picked up and put into concentration camps. They were told you have X amount of time to leave — two weeks, a month — if you can find a country that will take you. Outside, their wives and friends were struggling to get a passport, a visa, anything to help them get out. But embassies were closing their doors all over, and countries, including the United States, were closing their borders. … It started as a rumor in Vienna… ‘There’s a place you can go where you don’t need a visa. They have free entry.’ It just spread like fire and whoever could, went for it.
One German Jew became flustered when asked for his name and mumbled, ‘Schoyn vergessen [I forgot].’ The inspector, who did not understand Yiddish, wrote ‘Sean Ferguson’ on the man’s roster.
Gorgo, Queen of Sparta and wife of Leonidas, as quoted by Plutarch
|"Why are you Spartan women the only ones who can rule men?"|
|"Because we are also the only ones who give birth to real men."|
Through the 1950s, the list was primarily comprised of bank robbers, burglars and car thieves. Once into the radical 1960s, the list reflected the revolutionaries of the times, with destruction of government property, sabotage and kidnapping dominating the list. During the 1970s, with the FBI’s concentration on organized crime and terrorism, the ‘Ten Most Wanted Fugitives’ included many fugitives with organized crime ties or links to terrorist groups. In the 1980s and 1990s, the list included sexual predators, international terrorists and drug traffickers.