On International Holocaust Remembrance Day, let’s remember the indifference, hate, and fear the American public and State Department had for Jews trying to escape Europe.
Remember that in the 1920s, the American government began working to keep immigrant Jews out.
Remember Anne Frank would have lived if the State Department had approved Otto Frank’s desperate application for his family to join relatives in Massachusetts.
Remember the passengers of the St. Louis, who sailed across the Atlantic only to be turned away from every American harbor.
Remember the American public opinion polls that said even Jewish children posed a danger.
Remember that Jewish fundraising and awareness campaigns to rescue European Jews received no major public or governmental support.
Americans were not the heroes of the Holocaust. They were participants.
as was Australia:
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