People across the globe are beginning to draw parallels between the newly enforced Muslim ban in the United States and Jewish people attempting to find refugee during World War II.
Anne Frank and her family were many of those who attempted to escape the Nazi regime, and the family’s story is being remembered as thousands of muslims are being turned away at the border.
Frank and her family including her father Otto, her mother Edith and sister Margot attempted to obtain US visas and flee.
Richard Breitman, a history professor at American University, wrote about documents which showed their multiple failed attempts.
“Otto Frank’s efforts to get his family to the United States ran afoul of restrictive American immigration policies designed to protect national security and guard against an influx of foreigners during time of war,” Breitman wrote.
The documents suggest “Anne Frank could be a 77-year-old woman living in Boston today – a writer,” Breitman confirmed.
The family tried to get the visas later on but were rejected despite Otto’s connections to high up business men and politicians.
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He reached out to his former college friend Nathan Straus Jr and asked him to pay out $5000 to help with a deposit for the visas.
However, immigration rules were constantly changing and eventually America shut off access for immigrants over fears that they would become spies.
The family, after multiple attempts at getting a visa, went into hiding in 1942 but were eventually discovered and sent to concentration camps.
It is believed the Frank family could have been successful in their application if they had set the ball rolling earlier, but they did not have the foresight because things had not begun to be restrictive.
Trump gave a speech for Holocaust Remembrance Day on Friday and purposely omitted any mention of Jewish people.
Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks told CNN that Jewish people weren’t mentioned because, “despite what the media reports, we are an incredibly inclusive group and we took into account all of those who suffered.”
Numbers confirmed to PinkNews by the Home Office show a rise of more than 400% in five years.
1,115 people cited sexuality is a reason for seeking refuge in the most recent figures, referring to 2014.
That’s a rise from 2009 when there were just 200 cases relating to sexuality.