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“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, author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered and the New Media Editor at Times of Israel, She was raised in Venice Beach, California on Yiddish lullabies and Civil Rights anthems. She now lives in Jerusalem with her 3 kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors and talks to strangers, and writes stories about people. Sarah also speaks before audiences left, right, and center through the Jewish Speakers Bureau, asking them to wrestle with important questions while celebrating their willingness to do so. She also loves whisky and tacos and chocolate chip cookies and old maps and foreign coins and discovering new ideas from different perspectives. Sarah is a work in progress.
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