Holocaust Survivors Call on Germany to Take in More Syrian Refugees

The two, who had survived the Holocaust as refugees in the U.K., joined activists in a call on the country to take in more refugees.

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A Syrian refugee family walks towards the new Syrian camp of Azraq, which stretches for 15 Km, and lies 90 Km from the Syrian border in Jordan, Wednesday, April 30, 2014.Credit: AP
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Two German Holocaust survivors have joined a collective of artists and human rights activists in demanding that Germany take in more Syrian refugees, Deutsche Welle reported Monday.

Inge Lammel, a 90-year-old musicologist who survived the Holocaust by moving to Great Britain as a child. Kurt Gutmann, 87, survived the war when he was sent to Scotland as a child, he returned to Germany at the end of the war as an Allied soldier.

Lammel and Gutmann joined activists of the Center for Political Beauty and visited the German chancellery on Friday to appeal for the German government to allow more refugees into the country, Deutsche Welle reported.

"The only reason we survived is because we were able to leave Nazi Germany," Lammel told Deutsche Welle. "In this way we could escape the fate of our parents, who died in the gas chambers of Auschwitz."

Germany had already vowed to take in 10,000 Syrian asylum seekers, but the group, says this is not enough, since more than 70,000 Syrians applied for asylum.

"We would like to see Germany take in 75,000 Syrian refugees," Gutmann said. "A rich country like ours should learn from the past and make the decision to take these people in."

There are nearly 2.7 million Syrian refugees, mostly in neighboring countries, and another 6.5 million Syrians have been displaced from their homes inside the country.

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