Article of the day: Trump-style refugee bans kept Jared Kushner’s grandmother from escaping the Holocaust

The photo shows the ship RMS Aquitania, upon which Lizzy Ratner's grandfather escaped from the Holocaust in Poland

Lizzy Ratner has an excellent article at The Nation on the draconian immigration policies of the early 20th-century US, and the way in which they sentenced many Jewish refugees to death in the Holocaust.  Remarkably, one of the would-be refugees who wasn’t admitted to the US, yet still survived to tell the story, was Jared Kushner’s grandmother Rae Kushner.  Her family unsuccessfully applied for visas to travel from Poland in the 1930s.  More than a decade later, after most of her family died in a ghetto and the survivors fled to a refugee camp in Italy, Rae and her new husband were resettled in New York under the 1948 Displaced Persons Act.  It’s pretty stunning that someone with Kushner’s family history wouldn’t speak out against policies which will condemn today’s refugees to life or death in conflict zones.

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