Donald Trump has been compared to Hitler often throughout this campaign season, but now, even Anne Frank’s stepsister is compelled to speak out on the similarities between the GOP frontrunner and the man responsible for the Holocaust.
Eva Schloss, 86, spoke about Trump and his hateful rhetoric in a piece published by Newsweek for Holocaust Memorial Day, which was Wednesday.
“I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism,” Schloss stated.
According to The Hill: “Schloss is an Auschwitz survivor. Frank and Schloss were Jewish refugees in Amsterdam and played together as children before their families went into hiding. Frank died in a concentration camp. Her father, who survived, married Schloss’s mother after the war.”
Schloss says that Trump becoming President would be a “complete disaster.”
Trump has called for the banning of all Muslims entering the U.S. He has also suggested that Muslims should be monitored and required to have some special form of ID. Trump has seen strong support from white supremacist groups and seems to be very comfortable with that, even retweeting their posts on Twitter.
Schloss says not only does Trump echo Hitler, but the way Syrian refugees are being treated is an unwelcome example of history repeating itself yet again.
We haven’t really learnt anything — I’m depressed by the current situation. The experience of the Syrian refugees is similar to what we went through.
Fewer people would have died in the Holocaust if the world had accepted more Jewish refugee.
Anne Frank’s father, Otto Frank, tried in vain to save his family from the horrors of the Holocaust by attempting to get visas to come to the U.S. in 1940. His desperate request was denied because America was unwilling to take more refugees.
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 Nazisim. If we don’t work together, the world will never be able to resolve the threats it faces today.
I remember how upset the world was when the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 and now everybody is building walls again to keep people out. It’s absurd.
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