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Holocaust Museum Sees a U.S. Duty to Syrian Refugees

The imperfect American response to Jews fleeing Europe holds lessons for today.
Refugees in Greece.

Refugees in Greece.

Photographer: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

As the U.S. debates the security implications of accepting refugees from the Syrian crisis, Americans should remember our history -- both good and bad -- of dealing with Jewish refugees during World War II, a U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum official said Tuesday.

There are some unfortunate similarities between the American reaction then and now, said Cameron Hudson, the director of the museum's Simon-Skjodt Center for the Prevention of Genocide. The U.S., separated from the crisis by an ocean, can close its doors in a way that Europe cannot.