“When the world refused to accept the Jews, no country can blame Germany for their fate”

I can’t stop thinking about Voyage of the Damned, a gut-twisting movie based on the true story of how first Cuba and then the United States refused to accept a ship of Jewish refugees fleeing Nazi Germany.

As a Nazi official states in the film, when the whole world has refused to accept the Jews as refugees, no country can blame Germany for their fate.

And while I think of the poor people desperately trying to flee Syria, how hollow do ring those words “never again.”

So come on Barack. And David. Come on Stephen. Come on François. Come on Tony. And come on Bibi. Angela did it: Germany’s taking in 800,000 Syrian refugees — that’s 1% of their population. One percent.

What if we all stopped expecting someone else to do it and we just did it. What if there was a consolidated worldwide effort where we set politics aside, all crunched the numbers, did a little soul searching and realized that if we all — ALL — commit to taking in 5,000… Maybe 10,000 people — PEOPLE FFS — it would not a crisis in our countries make.

Yes, it’s a stretch, yes, it may be hard, but if dozens of countries take part, then no one bears the burden alone.

And look at the lessons we would teach our children when they ask — and they will ask — what we did to stop other children from washing up on the shore.

UPDATE — This just in: Under fire, the British PM agrees to take in thousands of refugees.


About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer, Times of Israel's New Media editor, lives in Israel with her two kids in a village next to rolling fields. Sarah likes taking pictures, climbing roofs, and talking to strangers. She is the author of the book Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered. Sarah is a work in progress.
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