Syrian refugees are suffering in ways similar to Jews in the 1930s and 1940s and U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump is "acting like another Hitler", according to a Newsweek essay by Eva Schloss, the stepsister of Anne Frank.
The essay, commemorating Holocaust Memorial Day, accused Trump of "inciting racism", citing his calls to reject all Muslim migrants to the U.S. based on their religious affiliation as well as his determination to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
"If Donald Trump becomes the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster," wrote Schloss.
Schloss knew Anne Frank before the onset of WWII and the Holocaust and moved to Belgium in 1938 to escape the Nazi regime.
"We were treated as if we had come from the moon," she wrote in Newsweek, comparing her experience to that of today's refugees who she said have a greater difference of culture with Europeans that she did and therefore struggle even more to assimilate.
"I am very upset that today again so many countries are closing their borders," she wrote. "Fewer people would have died in the Holocaust if the world had accepted more Jewish refugees."
Schloss went on to praise Germany for its well-organized response to the current refugee crisis, and pointed a finger squarely at Britain and the U.S., countries which, according to her, are not doing enough to solve the problem.
"This is not just a European problem, it's a global problem," she stressed. "If countries as big as the U.S. and Canada would take in more people, then we would get much closer to a solution."
Schloss expressed a sense of despair regarding the current state of affairs saying that "the situation today is worse than it was under Hitler because at that time all the allies - the U.S., Russia and Britain - worked together to combat the terrible threat of Nazism. If we don't work together, the world will never be able to resolve the threats it faces today.
"We haven't really learnt anything - I'm depressed by the current situation."
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