Would History Repeat Itself?
by Greg Siskind
once in a while a historical event is back in the news and it reminds
you how our world today is still shaped by the past and how the same
mistakes are repeated over and over again.
The Associated Press and other
news outlets reported on recently discovered letters from Otto Frank,
the father of Anne Frank, the teenage diarist whose story of hiding
during the Holocaust is one of world’s most widely read works of
literature. The letters tell
of Mr. Frank’s unsuccessful efforts to secure a visa to bring his
family to the
may be a previously unknown part of the story of Anne Frank and her
family, but there are, sadly, many other examples where the US slammed
its doors to those fleeing Hitler’s death machine. One of the most
prominent examples involved the SS St. Louis, a ship that sailed from
were Americans who did the right thing. Diplomat Hiram Bingham was
recently honored on a postage stamp. The little-known State Department
official saved about 2,000 lives by bucking procedures and issuing visas
to people not technically eligible, but who faced imminent death. (http://www.amb-usa.fr/marseille/events/bingham.html).
And there are examples of various religious communities in the
the war, the
we honestly say anymore that the
Gregory Siskind, Esq. is a partner in Siskind Susser's Memphis, Tennessee, office. After graduating magna cum laude from Vanderbilt University, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Chicago. Mr. Siskind is a member of AILA, a board member of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society, and a member of the ABA, where he serves on the LPM Publishing Board as Marketing Vice Chairman. He is the author of several books, including the J Visa Guidebook and The Lawyer's Guide to Marketing on the Internet. Mr. Siskind practices all areas of immigration law, specializing in immigration matters of the health care and technology industries. He can be reached by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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