According to Elahe Izadi of The Washington Post, Otto Frank had desperately tried to secure passage for his family to the United States in order to escape Nazi persecution.
Anne Frank’s father, although wealthy and politically well-connected, was tragically unable to accomplish this. It was a time when panic ruled in the United States regarding refugees from German-occupied countries. Americans feared that such refugees could pose a threat to national security.
Had the Frank family been admitted to the United States, Anne Frank could have become a long-lived writer there, rather than a victim of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp at age 15.
In hindsight, many who read Frank’s haunting diary wish that such history could be rebooted. In light of the current Syrian-refugee situation, perhaps this is that second chance.
Copyright November 25, 2015 by Linda Van Slyke All Rights Reserved