Making her mark on this year's Holocaust Memorial Day, Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Anne Frank and an Auschwitz survivor, shared her thoughts on the current Syrian refugee crisis in an opinion article for Newsweek. Calling out countries like Britain and the United States for not taking in enough refugees, Schloss compares Trump to Hitler for his racist remarks.
This is not just a European problem, it’s a global problem. If countries as big as the U.S. and Canada would take in more people, then we would get much closer to a solution. If Donald Trump become the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster. I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism.
Schloss also shared the struggles she encountered as an immigrant, stating that the Syrian refugees face an even more difficult journey than her own.
I was 11 years old when my family first immigrated to Belgium [after Hitler annexed Austria in 1938]. We were treated as if we had come from the moon. I felt as if I wasn’t wanted and that I was different to everybody. It is even harder for today’s Syrian refugees who have a very different culture. We were Europeans as well as Jews—we were assimilated. I was shocked that I wasn’t accepted like an ordinary person.
Feature image via Flickr user Greg Skidmore.