KUSH­NER BOOBA’S REFUGEE PAIN

The Jewish Chronicle - - WORLD NEWS -

THIS week, as Don­ald Trump closed Amer­ica’s bor­ders to Syr­ian refugees, a 1982 in­ter­view emerged with Jared and Joshua’s late Holo­caust-sur­viv­ing grand­mother, Rae Kush­ner, in which she de­scribed her up­set over Amer­ica’s re­fusal to ac­cept Jews flee­ing the Nazis. Es­cap­ing the ghetto in Novo­gru­dok — in Nazi-oc­cu­pied Poland — through a tun­nel, she fled across Europe, end­ing up in a dis­placed per­son’s camp in Italy. “We wanted to go to Africa, to Aus­tralia, to Is­rael. We would go any­where where we could live in free­dom, but no­body wanted us,” she said in the in­ter­view with Kean Col­lege of New Jersey Holo­caust Re­source Cen­tre. “So af­ter three and a half years we fi­nally got a visa to come to the US… For the Jews the doors were closed. We never un­der­stood that. Even Pres­i­dent Roo­sevelt kept the doors closed. Why?”

Es­cape: Rae Kush­ner

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