Literally dozens more articles have appeared with headlines like:
A small number of conservatives are pushing back against the Trump=Hitler, Syrian Refugees=Jews in Nazi Germany meme. But most do still accept that the US was in the wrong for not accepting Jewish refugees in the 1930s. For example, Jonathan S. Tobin noted in Commentary that “the refusal of the United States to take more than a token number of those Jews fleeing was a death sentence for those stuck in the Nazi empire of death” [Why Syria is not the Holocaust, November 20, 2015]. Breitbart contrasted the security concerns over Muslim immigrants to the supposedly racist concerns of Americans in the past: “One of the main reasons immigration laws restricted Jewish entry into the U.S. was to promote the racial, i.e. genetic, superiority of the national ‘stock.’ (Such eugenicist ideas were widespread, far beyond Nazi Germany.)” [Why Syrian Refugees are not like Jewish Refugees in WWII, by Joel Pollack, November 17, 2015]
But this assumption of American guilt about the death of Jews is simply a collection of tropes, easily disproved. Let’s examine them in turn.
Indeed, the WaPo story noted “Support for accepting refugees was slightly lower” [when refugees were described in generic terms] “than when they were described as mostly Jewish.”
Furthermore, after Kristallnacht in 1938 support for accepting a limited number of refugees increased.
Americans were sympathetic to the Jewish persecution, but they were not willing to undermine their immigration policies when Americans were suffering.
JDC tried actively to find safe havens for refugees in Latin America. In 1938, in response to an offer to accept 100,000 Jewish refugees in his country, the JDC founded the Dominican Republic Settlement Association, which brought several hundred refugees to the experimental farm of Sosua. . . In 1939, when 907 passengers on the ship St. Louis were denied permission to land in Cuba despite the JDC's efforts, the JDC arranged for the passengers to be accepted to England, Holland, Belgium, and France so they would not be returned to Germany. [page 368]In 1933, there were 716,000 Jews in Germany and Austria. The vast majority of them fled, as the US Holocaust Museum notes that “by October 1941, when Jewish emigration was officially forbidden, the number . . .had declined to 163,000 from 716,000 in 1933,” the majority of whom were elderly. In other words, almost the Jews who wanted to leave Germany, left. Hundreds of thousands ended up in the United States, Palestine, the United Kingdom, however, many ended up fleeing to neighboring countries of France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Denmark, Czechoslovakia, and Switzerland. With the exclusion of Switzerland, all these countries ended up under Nazi control.
Thus, in order to attribute blame to Americans over the Holocaust, Americans must be credited with clairvoyance in the 1930s—to foresee that Germany would both take over much of Europe and then begin systematic killings of Jews.
But if we are to go by what economists call revealed preferences, even the majority of European Jews did not have this fear. As noted above, the JDC arranged for Jews, including those on the now infamous M.S. St. Louis, which ultimately returned to Europe, to settle in the Dominican Republic. Yet the Jews chose to return to other European countries, which weren’t Nazi-occupied at the time.
By the time the time Hitler began his Final Solution, almost all of Europe was engulfed in total war. The fate of millions of European Jews during the war was tragic, but a total of fifty million people died in that war, many of them civilians. U.S. immigration policy cannot begin to solve the world’s humanitarian problems.
VDARE,com Editor Peter Brimelow famously began his 1995 book Alien Nation: Common Sense About America’s Immigration Disaster by calling American immigration policy Hitler’s posthumous revenge—because it led the American elite, ”passionately concerned to cleanse itself from all taints of racism or xenophobia,” to go overboard on the other side. In other words, our Ruling Class began to see Hitler in any attempt to protect America’s ethnic integrity. Hence the current attacks on Donald Trump.
In the same way, refugee policy has become part of Hitler’s Revenge. Every group suddenly becomes oppressed Jews, and denying them entry equivalent to the Holocaust.
This misconception is just as dangerous as any amount of indifference. It is a libel and we must fight it.
After all, if mass immigration continues without limits, it will be Americans themselves who will be needing asylum.
Charles Bloch (email him) considers himself an unhyphenated American.