Is there anyone who has never heard of Anne Frank, the 14-year Jewish girl whose family fled from Germany to Amsterdam during the Nazi period, and then went into hiding after Hitler took over Holland?

As the world knows, her family's hiding place, the "Secret Annex" (Het Achterhuis, in the Dutch original of her diary) was raided by the Gestapo and the family was sent to Nazi concentration camps, where they all died except for her father.

I first encountered Anne Frank's Diary as a high school and college student in the 1950's and even tried learning a little bit of Dutch in order to be able to read parts of it in the original. In 1965, I visited Anne Frank's hiding place, which had only recently been opened to tourists, in Amsterdam's beautiful Prinsengraacht, one of its main residential streets with its lovely canal, so unlike the horrors that took place there and throughout the Netherlands involving the almost total extermination of the Dutch Jews.

For many Jewish Americans like myself, who were fortunate enough to have been born in this country and who did not have families in Europe affected by the Holocaust, The Diary of Anne Frank was the Holocaust; it made this dreadful event in human history real to us, and indeed to every American, regardless of religion.

I realized that except for the accident of birth, I could have been in the same situation as Anne Frank myself, (even though I was a number of years younger).

What I did not know, and indeed have just learned by reading an article by Anne Frank's stepsister Eva Schloss, now 86, described below, was that Anne Frank's tragedy could have been avoided if America had been willing to admit her family as refugees. Anne Frank's father evidently tried to obtain US visas for the family, but was not successful. As Eva Schloss states in her article, America didn't want to take in any more refugees in the 1940's.

As the world also knows, the only member of Anne Frank's family who survived the Nazi concentration camps was her father, Otto Frank, who married Eva Schloss' mother after the war. Eva Schloss is the co-founder of Anne Frank Trust UK and has written several books about her experiences during the Holocaust.

In an article in Newsweek, she compares today's Syrian refugees to the Jews during the Nazi period, and blasts Donald Trump for "inciting racism", saying his presidency would be a "complete disaster."

For the full article, see:

http://www.newsweek.com/holocaust-me...d-trump-420312