“For those still alive who were here 50 years ago, the sight of Karoline Kahn being dragged screaming by her hair down the cobbled Rebstock Streets stands out with an agonizing clarity. Ernst Kahn, who was 18 at the time, was among those who vividly recalled how his poor, ailing cousin, 66, had refused despite the tormenters to tell the Nazi storm troopers where her three sons had hidden on what came to be known as Kristallnacht.” These are words from an article published in The New York Times on November 8, 1988. They happen to be about my husband’s family.
During the Holocaust, America closed it’s borders to Jews trying to flee Europe. Appeal after appeal were turned down, leaving many of them to die. Ernst and his brother Werner (my husband’s grandfather) fled Europe while they still had time. Unable to get into America, Ernst went to Australia and Werner went to Haiti where they found safe refuge. Once the US borders were again opened Werner relocated to Florida. The rest of their family died in the Holocaust.
This past Tuesday was World Refugee Day. Maybe it was Tuesday that prompted me to finally write something, but this has all weighed on my heart for a while now. I am forever grateful to Haiti. My son will be forever grateful to Haiti. Thank you to the countries that take in the war-torn, the sick, the needy, the poor. Thank you for having a loving and empathetic heart.
A beautiful verse in the Bible says, “Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have entertained angels without knowing it.” -Hebrews 13:2
Are we entertaining angels? Are we showing God’s mercy to others? On the large scale and the small. How many angels have we all passed by, turned our backs on, and never thought twice about it. I’d like to challenge us all to keep an eye out for angels. To welcome them. Feed them. Clothe them. Love them.
And to remember, “The root problems are war and hatred, not people who flee; refugees are among the first victims of terrorism.” — UN Secretary-General, António Guterres
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