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American Ethnic Cleansing of Days Past

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This should chill anyone who supports American ethnic cleansing and leans on being a “legal” immigrant as the requirement to get into the country, no matter what threats they face back home.

Research suggests the family of Anne Frank, the world famous Jewish diarist who died in the Holocaust, attempted to immigrate to the United States and later also to Cuba, but their efforts were thwarted by America’s restrictive immigration policy and the outbreak of World War II.

The Anne Frank House in Amsterdam and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum said Friday that documents indicate Anne’s father Otto tried twice to collect the papers needed to obtain visas for the United States. He later also appears to have applied for a visa to Cuba.

However, the Frank family’s escape efforts were all in vain. Eventually they went into hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam on July 6, 1942 — exactly 76 years ago.

“I am forced to look out for emigration and as far as I can see USA is the only country we could go to,” Otto Frank wrote in English to a friend in the United States in 1941.

His efforts to get the family out of the Netherlands to the U.S. likely started as early as 1938 — a turbulent year in which Nazi Germany annexed Austria and part of Czechoslovakia into the Third Reich. On Nov. 9 that year, Nazis terrorized Jews throughout the country in the violent Kristallnacht pogroms, also known as the “Night of Broken Glass.”

Otto Frank wrote in his 1941 letter to his friend Nathan Straus that he had filed an application at the American consulate in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam in 1938.

However, he also mentioned that “all the papers have been destroyed there,” because on May 14, 1940, while the Frank family was still on a waiting list for possible visas, the American consulate was devastated during German bombardment and all papers were lost.

Even without the loss of their visa application, it would have been difficult for the Franks to immigrate to the United States. With hundreds of thousands of people seeking refuge in the U.S. each year by the time war broke out in 1939, Washington was issuing fewer than 30,000 annual visas.

What families fleeing the gang violence of Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras are facing is not actually all that different than what Jews faced in World War II. Less organized and systemic, sure, but it is still very real violence they know will kill them or their children. And given that the U.S. is directly involved in this Central American disaster–through flooding those nations with easily purchased guns, through our insatiable desire for drugs, and through our government’s long history of destabilizing these nations to support our corporations and Cold War efforts–by any moral standard we are at least as required to let in refugees as we were in the 1930s and early 1940s. But of course, like in 1940, whites aren’t going to care, because we have to keep the nation safe from scary Jews or scary MS-13 members or whatever.

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