We all know how the ship, SS St. Louis, was turned back from Cuba on May 13, 1939 and then the USA with over 900 Jewish refugees on board, and not allowed to enter their country. 250 were killed immediately after returning to Germany.
|SS George Washington carrying my uncle safely to New York,|
May 11-14, 1939, two days earlier on a voyage from Germany
|Gisela Feldman, 15 year old passenger on St. Louis, lived to tell the story.|
Palestine was a place these Jews should have found refuge in as Jewish leaders had procured their former land from the Allies in the 20's meetings, and was to have their assistance in creating a new Jewish Homeland out of their ancient one. It had already been okayed through the League of Nations, the UN of that period, that it was to be the Jewish Homeland.
|Rounding up Jews to take to death camps in Europe|
After the war, the Brits refused to allow the survivors of this Nazi nightmare to find sanctuary in Palestine. Their mandate was not up until May 14, 1948, and the war was over in 1945. They spent this time allowing Arabs to enter, instead.
By June 6, 1946, President Truman asked the British government to accept 100,000 Jewish immigrants who were being confined to displaced persons camps in Europe. Can you imagine? People had been rounded up and slaughtered in death camps by the Nazis all over Europe and then forced, kept past the war in another camp with barbed wire because no one wanted them in their country.
Britain's Foreign Minister, Ernest Bevin, was most sarcastic in his reply to Truman's request and threw back the retort that "the USA just wanted displaced Jews to immigrate to Palestine "because they didn't want too many of them in New York!"
|The Exodus, an illegal ship heading for Palestine, which departed from France on July 11, 1947, was filled to capacity with 4,500 Jewish refugees, making it the most populous boat to bear refugees to Palestine since the end of the Holocaust. For nearly the entire journey, the Exodus was followed by 6 British ships which, in spite of the Honduras flag which flew from its mast, had early on identified the Exodus as belonging to the struggling Jewish government in Palestine. In addition to the refugees, the Exodus carried 36 American volunteers and a cadre of Israeli Jewish volunteers largely dispatched from the Jewish Agency, the official governing body of the Jewish population in Palestine. Most of the emigrants were Holocaust survivors in France who had no legal immigration certificates for Palestine. Following wide media coverage, the British Royal Navy seized the ship and deported all its passengers back to Europe. And to what?|
|Jews who survived 1945|
|Following the liquidation of the concentration camps of Europe, the British set up a detention camp in Cyprus for Holocaust survivors illegally trying to enter Palestine. From 1946 until the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, the British confined some 53,000 Holocaust survivors on the island. Once the State of Israel was created, most of the refugees made aliyah. In 1951, only 165 Jews remained on the island and in 1970, only 25 Jews were left. Those huts must have made the heat even worse. The middle of summer (July and August) is usually hot, with an average maximum coastal temperature of around 33 °C (91 °F) during the day and around 23 °C (73 °F) at night. In the centre of the island – the highlands – the average temperature exceeds 35 °C (95 °F)).|
"Within months of Germany's surrender in May 1945, the Allies repatriated to their home countries more than six million displaced persons (DPs; wartime refugees). " "Most Jewish survivors, who had survived concentration camps or had been in hiding, were unable or unwilling to return to eastern Europe because of postwar antisemitism and the destruction of their communities during the Holocaust. Many of those who did return feared for their lives. In Poland, for example, locals initiated several violent pogroms. The worst was the one in Kielce, Kielce, Poland
50°50' N 20°40' E 159 km S of Warszawa in 1946 in which 42 Jews, all survivors of the Holocaust, were killed. These pogroms led to a significant second movement of Jewish refugees from Poland to the west. At its peak in 1947, the Jewish displaced person population reached approximately 250,000. While the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) administered all of the displaced persons camps and centers, Jewish displaced persons achieved a large measure of internal autonomy.
At a time when Jews were faced with being murdered, they couldn't find a refuge. The USA, also cold hearted as to their up-coming murder, had immigration restrictions which strictly limited the number of refugees permitted to enter the country. Most countries demanded baptismal certification, something Jews certainly didn't have.
Jews had needed their own Homeland for the past 2,000 years, and needed it now more than ever. "Holocaust survivors from displaced persons camps in Europe and from detention camps on Cyprus were welcomed into the Jewish homeland by the Jews. Many of them fought in Israel's War of Independence in 1948 and 1949. In 1953, Yad Vashem (The Martyrs' and Heroes' Remembrance Authority), the national institution for Holocaust commemoration, was established.
|4 Jews killed by Muslim Terrorists in France in 3 day killing spree|
France was reeling after three days of attacks by Al-Qaida-linked terrorists left 20 dead.
With the situation today having Muslims who are refugees from war-torn lands and marauding ISIS Muslims cutting off anyone's heads who were not the same as they are, they are in need of a refuge, and are meeting some of the same objections, except that Jews were not trying to kill anyone in Europe. They were BEING KILLED. Jews were not trying to create their own caliphate nor were they on a proselytizing binge. They were a minority group just living there, and as in the case of Germany, were already citizens.
I tried to get a Syrian friend with a Syrian passport into the United State in 2013 who was in Egypt at the time, and could not do it. His problem was that he had a Jewish mother unknown to the Syrian government, and wanted to get into either Israel or the USA as he was Jewish at heart. He was college educated, brilliant, but not a PhD. Now he's out of Egypt and back in Syria. My Oregon Senator couldn't even help. I felt he was not a terrorist, but of course had no way of verifying this. He remains in harm's way. Today, this is the reasoning why refugees are not allowed into the USA in mass. Too many have turned out to be terrorists. It was not to be a problem with the Jews. Then it was strictly anti-Semitism.
Resource: Myths and Facts; a concise record of the Arab-Israeli Conflict by Mitchell G. Bard, Joel Himelfarb, page8, 9
http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-27373131 St Louis ship, the ship nobody wanted
Messages From A Syrian Jew Trapped in Egypt by Nadene Goldfoot
Messages From A Syrian Jew Trapped in Egypt by Nadene Goldfoot