Letters to the Editor

Letter: Learning from history

To the Editor:

I recently toured the Illinois Holocaust Museum. I had no agenda, but as I looked around, some startling parallels to current events became apparent.

First, the pictures of children and mothers in the “sorting lines” at the “camps.” Children too young to understand, not knowing if they would ever see their mothers again … And Rep. Hultgren is okay with this tearing apart of families.

Many countries refused to take refugees, including the US. We rejected at least 20,000 (just children, not their parents). The refugee ship the St. Louis: it sailed with the promise that the passengers would be able to stay in Cuba or the U.S., but at least 25 percent were forced to return to Europe and died by the Nazis … similar to Syrian and central Americans seeking asylum in the U.S.?

We “didn’t know” how bad things were then; do we really know now? Consider British PM Chamberlain and Donald Trump, both kowtowing to a dictator, essentially ignoring terrible human rights violations and legitimizing the dictator’s rule, while gaining no verifiable ground in terms of advantages for their countries.

Last, but not least, the propaganda regarding the cost of “undesirable citizens” to community. Then, it was people with disabilities, now, think how we treat people on welfare, testing for drugs before they receive benefits.

Then, “Aryans” were the only ones deserving of the best the country had to offer. The U.S. still does not offer equal rights to certain classes of citizens. The more I thought about it, the more scared I became. 

Mary Hood

Richmond

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