Holocaust Survivors: The Social Effects Of The Holocaust

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The United States of America displayed many inconsistencies via their immigration policies in their treatment of the Holocaust survivors. Before the end of World War II, anti-semitic sentiments could be seen on posters within most major cities and by those that were elected into political positions.It was widely contested that should America, still trying to recover from the effects of the Great Depression, have allowed more refugees than what was permissible, it would have “created more unemployment, cheap competition for American workers, and a heavier drain on public relief”₁₈, similar to America’s current immigration stance on refugees and immigrants. American Jews agreed with the policies that were being implemented and attempted to not …show more content…
France, Germany, and the United States all had an effect on the experience of the Holocaust survivors. The survivors not only had to learn how to navigate life within a concentration camp but were then forced to navigate a world in which there were policies that did not effectively address, and in some cases disregarded, the needs of the survivors unless they themselves spoke up as a unified voice. As a result of the Holocaust, the world now has a precedent for how to put war criminals on trial and how to respond to global acts of genocide. Today there is no longer a push to keep the Holocaust narrative quiet. For instance, presently in the United States, most schools have sections of their middle school education dedicated to learning about the historical background of the Holocaust and the narratives of those that survived it. Our understanding of the role that tolerance of a culture’s differences and our immigration policies have on those seeking asylum or refuge from war-torn areas has immensely increased since the end of the Holocaust. In the aftermath of the Holocaust, the level of tolerance has not reached a point to where we, as a global community, can fully aid and look beyond the cultural background refugees and immigrants and fully erase the “us versus them”

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