The situation in Syria is most severe and terrible. Those who are fleeing are trying to save themselves from the ravages of the Assad regime and Abu Bakr al Baghdadi's lackeys (ISIL).November 19, 2015WASHINGTON, DC—Acutely aware of the consequences to Jews who were unable to flee Nazism, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum looks with concern upon the current refugee crisis. While recognizing that security concerns must be fully addressed, we should not turn our backs on the thousands of legitimate refugees.
The Museum calls on public figures and citizens to avoid condemning today’s refugees as a group. It is important to remember that many are fleeing because they have been targeted by the Assad regime and ISIS for persecution and in some cases elimination on the basis of their identity.
Let us not feel regret that help could have been given and was not. The refugees resist the tyranny and oppression of the Assad regime and ISIL by trying to get out of the ghastly situation. They were denied peace at home so they are tying to find peace elsewhere. If we were in their situation doubtless we would behave the same. Because we are all human beings.
It is certainly true that in the era of Nazism many European Jews who could have been saved by gaining asylum elsewhere were denied the opportunity to move to another place. Let that terrible act not be repeated in this current crisis.