Had it not been for a sympathetic clerk at the US Embassy in Budapest, Hungary, Elizabeth and Zoltan Roth’s lives might have come to a premature and tragic end. On the eve of World War II, the young Jewish couple went to the American Embassy to apply for student visas to continue their medical studies through post-graduate work. But because of a technicality, Elizabeth’s application was denied. After the initial shock wore off, they returned to the embassy and were greeted by a different employee, Harry Francis Cunningham, Jr., who was willing to bend the rules and allow the couple entry to the United States.