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    • victornz
    • 12.04.10 | 08:22 (IDT)

    The issue of Jewish refugees was discussed,prior to World War Two, purely in the context of German and (after 1938) Austrian and Czechoslovak Jews. Although the Jews of Poland, Romania etc were suffering from horrendous levels of domestic anti-semitism at that time, no-one was working on the assumption that they were about to fall into Hitler's hands. Even less, did they expect this to happen to the Jews of France, Holland, Scandinavia or Greece. Once the Nazis struck these countries, however much immigration was allowed into Britain, Palestine or the US became irrelevant, as the Jews of the occupied countries were largely deprived of any opportunity to escape. Coming from a family that lost many members in the Shoah, I can sympathise with Professor Avinieri's heartache about his grandparents being unable to leave Poland. But (the Struma tragedy notwithstanding) the essential problem was not the British keeping them out but the Nazis keeping them in..more to come

    from the article: The Arab position on the Holocaust
    First published 01:09 11.04.10 | Last updated 04:08 11.04.10
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