Refugees in Search of a Safe Haven

Fleeing terror at home, searching for safety and shelter. During the Holocaust, European Jews cried out to the world for help, desperate to escape Nazi persecution. Without legal protection, their lives hung in the balance. Some were granted refuge in foreign countries with an unfamiliar language, new customs, and limited opportunities. Most found nowhere to turn.

Today, war, genocide, and mass atrocities are forcing millions of people around the world from their homes. Often separated from their loved ones, they face an uncertain future. In observance of World Refugee Day, learn more from Museum experts about the plight of refugees during the Holocaust and today.

Ron Coleman, Chief, Library, The David M. Rubenstein National Institute for Holocaust Documentation, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum

Dr. Edna Friedberg, Historian, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
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