After the atrocities of Nazi Germany started becoming apparent, Americans were polled on whether or not to allow Jews fleeing the violence to seek refuge here. The 1939 poll was taken well after Kristallnact, a planned-out night of violence, rape and terror carried out by the Nazis against Germany’s Jews. Our citizens were for leaving the Jewish people to their own devices and letting Germany sort out its “Jewish problem” (yup; that’s how Jews were frequently discussed, even in our country—as a problem to be dealt with).
For those who wonder how we could have turned a blind eye and let this go on for so long, look around you. History does repeat itself—and it is not kind to people who fall on the wrong side of it.