I visited the National Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., over the holiday weekend. Two things struck me as horribly similar to what we’re seeing today in the Republican presidential race.

In the 1930s the Nazi party declared communists and Jews (among others) as enemies of the state who needed to register with the state. Jews were required to wear the yellow Star of David. In time the government rounded them up and sent them away, initially to ghettos and ultimately to concentration camps. Now we hear Republicans who want to register Muslims and round up immigrants for deportation.

Also in the 1930s, amost a thousand Jews sought refuge in America, but our government refused them entry. Their ship had to return to Europe. Many of the Jews on board ultimately perished in concentration camps.

Today we’re denying Syrian refugees access to safety. What will be their ultimate fate?

Mark Geesey

Indigo Bay Circle

Mount Pleasant