It is with a heavy heart that we feel compelled to add a message to our website and Facebook page regarding refugee entry into our country.
As survivors and children of survivors of the Holocaust, we are deeply disturbed that the United States, a country of immigrants, is debating whether to allow refugees fleeing from atrocities and genocide to seek refuge in the US.
Our Center works tirelessly to remind as many people as we can of the terrible mistakes made when entry was denied to Jews and others persecuted in Europe during the 1930s and 40s. The result of nations, most importantly the United States, denying safe harbor to individuals fleeing the horrors unfolding in Europe painfully demonstrated what can happen when entry is denied.
We have a moral imperative to protect refugees fleeing persecution, regardless of their national or religious origin. Our country is based on this belief and we cannot waiver from it.
Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me.
I lift my lamp beside the golden door.
The Center for Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights Education of North Carolina (the Holocaust Speakers Bureau) inspires students and members of our community to respect the dignity of all human beings by teaching the challenging topics of the Holocaust, genocide, and tolerance. We work with schools, museums, libraries and houses of worship to develop age-appropriate materials, presentations and programs.