Friday, February 16, 2007

No, America hasn't actually changed.

America closed its doors to Anne Frank
By Tom Leonard in New York
Last Updated: 1:48am GMT 16/02/2007

The growing desperation of Anne Frank's family to flee Nazi-occupied Holland was revealed yesterday in a series of letters written by her father to officials and friends in America. Otto Frank, whose daughter's diaries provided one of the most moving testaments to the plight of the Jews under the Nazis, tried to arrange US visas for his family. However, he was blocked by America's restrictive immigration rules.

Although the immigration restrictions were supposedly to protect national security, critics now claim that they were essentially anti-Semitic. US officials were allegedly instructed to prevaricate so that even official annual immigration quotas — such as the 27,370 from Germany and Austria — remained unfilled year after year.

"I would not ask if conditions here would not force me to do all I can in time to be able to avoid worse," Otto Frank wrote in April 1941 to his college friend Nathan Straus, who was living in the US. "It is for the sake of the children mainly that we have to care for. Our own fate is of less importance." Unable to escape occupied Amsterdam, from July 1942, the Franks hid for more than two years in an annex of a warehouse before being arrested.

Anne died of typhus, aged 15, in the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp in 1945. Her father returned to the Netherlands to collect his daughter's notes and published them in the Netherlands in 1947. Anne's diary of their life in hiding went on to sell an estimated 75 million copies. Her father's letters were released by the New York-based YIVO Institute for Jewish Research which found them in its archives a year and a half ago.

They document how Mr Frank tried to arrange for his family — his wife Edith, daughters Margot and Anne and mother-in-law Rosa Hollander — to go to the United States or Cuba. Frank, who had lived in New York from 1909 to 1911, wrote to relatives, friends and immigration officials between April 30 and Dec 11, 1941, when Germany declared war on the United States. He referred to the US restrictions in his letters.

"I know that it will be impossible for us all to leave even if most of the money is refundable, but Edith urges me to leave alone or with the children," he said in another letter to Mr Straus. Frank first applied for immigration visas to the US in 1938, reviving his efforts only in 1941 because he had preferred life under the Nazis to the uncertainties of being a refugee, say experts. By then, there was a 300,000-strong waiting list of Jews desperate to get a US visa.

Holocaust historians seized on the letters as evidence of official American indifference to the plight of the Jews. Prof Richard Breitman, a specialist at American University, Washington, said: "Anne Frank could today be a 77-year-old woman living in Boston. That is what the documents suggest. The family could have left the Netherlands in 1941."

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The moral of this story is not as obvious as the first glance would indicate. It's not that the US had anti-semitic policies at that time, and dragged their feet - which we all know. We know they could have bombed the rail lines to the concentration camps at any time - but they wouldn't. Discrimination against Jews went on well into the "civil rights" era and beyond. In fact, there are still plenty of christians in this country who think Jews are automatically going to hell, and even plenty of skinheads still around to spread that message.

The real message of this story is that the United States, now, today, in this day and age, will not do anything to help Israel or Jews living either here or abroad if it is inconvenient, costly, appears politically incorrect in any way, or offends muslims. The growing rise in the American muslim population is far and away going to be the biggest catalyst to enforcement of this tactic policy in the months and years to come.

Jews today have some sort of strange idea that they have "rights" and cannot be seriously harassed, discriminated against, or persecuted in America. They think that the government will step in and "take care of them" in the face of ethnic or political backlash of any kind.

This is a fantasy, class - a dangerous one.

America is not the promised land. America is spiritual Babylon. America will only "help" Jews here as long as it is not dangerous or inconvenient to do so. So unless Jews are willing to use the same terrorist tactics, intimidation, and violence that muslims in this country are willing to take to secure our people and religion here, we have no chance. This country has proved beyond a shadow of a doubt to the muslim clerics that it will capitulate in the face of determined, systematic violence and bloodshed. America no longer has the stomach to defend it's values - not to mention the muslims will use democracy against the very country that brought it to the modern era, as I have mentioned before.

America is not a safe haven for Jews of any sect. The American government is not our ally. For the US, this is strictly a marriage of convenience and as soon as it is no longer convenient, you can kiss your "rights" goodbye, class.

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