A Warning from the Past: What the MS St Louis Tells Us about Today’s Refugee Crisis

MS St Louis in Havana

As we grapple with the moral and policy questions swirling amidst the recent travel ban imposed by President Trump, lessons from the past can guide us to remain focused on the affected people despite efforts to turn “us” against “them”. With this in mind, we are pleased to share Kim Samuel’s article in the Huffington Post today, “A Warning from the Past: What the MS St Louis Tells Us about Today’s Refugee Crisis”.

As featured in this space, Kim’s writings and work have called out and warned that our global community suffers from a lack of social connectedness. In this article, this void has given rise to dangerous voices casting millions of people as “others” in what may be the greatest humanitarian crisis since World War II. The antidote urgently needed today, as always, is compassion, empathy, and understanding.

The story of the MS St Louis serves as an important reminder of the need for continued and resolute leadership to stand up for and to stand with every person and victim of tyranny and terror the world over. We are one human family and we must vigorously build, strengthen and protect our connectedness to one another.