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Jewish Singer Helps Syrian Refugees In Memory of Holocaust Victims. By Roger Algase

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As anti-immigrant feeling sweeps through America, targeting Syrian refugees among others, it is easy for many Americans to forget that this country was founded by immigrants seeing to escape oppression and persecution, and that so many of our own families came here for the same reason. In many respects, the story of the Syrian refugees who are fleeing war, dictatorship and religious persecution in their country is our story too.

But while this point may be lost on many Americans who have been exposed to right wing propaganda demonizing these refugees as potential "terrorists" or "burdens" on our social services, an Austrian Jewish folk singer whose father was a refugee from the Nazis who killed half of his family, is now helping Syrian refugees to reach safety in Germany in memory of Holocaust victims.

See: Huffington Post: For A Jewish Austrian Folk Singer, Helping Refugees Is Personal. (September 25)

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...ees-hungary-au...

Huffington Post quotes Hans Breuer, who also works as a shepherd, as describing why he wants to help the Syrian refugees"

"'My father was a refugee and half of his family was killed in the Nazi time, so how can I resist helping these people?"

The story continues:

"His [Breuer's] father escaped to London just as the borders were closing. After the war, he returned to his native Austria, where he met Breuer's mother, a non-Jewish anti-fascist activist who had been tortured by the Gestapo for resisting the Nazis...

The novelty of a Jewish Austrian man helping mostly Arab refugees is not without its poetic moments. Earlier this month, Breuer picked up a family of Syrian-Palestinian refugees who had fled the Yarmouk refugee camp in Damascus, Syria.

Breuer and the family can be seen singing the chorus of the Yiddish song: 'Oyfn Veg Shteyt A Boym' ('By The Road Stands A Tree')..."

Huffpost quotes Breuer as describing another encounter with Syrian-Palestinian refugees in one of Hungary's notorious refugee camps:

"They said they came from Syria, and then the mother said from Palestine too - and I said I am a Jew, and we make a Jewish-Palestinian handshake...This was a moment where humanity was breaking through."​

This might also be a good time for humanity to break through with regard to letting many more Syrian refugees into the United States, instead of trying to stigmatize them as "terrorists" and "welfare takers" for purely political motives.
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 30 years, he has been helping mainly business and professional immigrants obtain work visas, green cards and US citizenship.

Roger's email address is algaselex@gmail.com



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Updated 09-26-2015 at 09:37 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. Unregistered222's Avatar
    Spot on Roger! In fact Jews are very intelligent people and experienced too. So during this fake "refugee" invasion crisis US should follow the lead of its most trusted ally - Israel. US should take the same amount of these "refugees" as Israel takes, that is BIG ZERO, NONE.
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Your friendly and supportive comments about the Jewish people are welcome and appreciated, even though you obviously understand nothing whatsoever about the Jewish experience or what it means to be a Jew.

    As the grandchild of Jewish immigrants who fled persecution in Eastern Europe to seek a better life in America well over a century ago, I can tell you a little about what it means to be a Jew.

    It means to be on the side of the underdog, of those who are persecuted and in need. Above all, it means to remember what happened to our own people during the Holocaust and not to stand aside when other people need to flee for their lives, as so much of the world stood aside or turned a cold shoulder when the Jewish people faced extermination not all that long ago.

    The Austrian Yiddish folk singer I have referred to clearly understands that.

    I will not comment on Israeli political matters. They are outside the scope of this topic.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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