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Letters: Immigration quotas and the Holocaust

June 19, 2013

Re "Israel's premier visits Auschwitz," June 14

I agree with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the world didn't do enough to stop the Holocaust.

I am from Poland; my life was saved by Japanese diplomat Chiune Sugihara and Chinese rescuers who allowed us in without "paperwork." My late husband was a Holocaust survivor.

My grandfather came to the U.S. in 1939 for the New York World's Fair, and his brothers wouldn't let him leave. He saved letters from the State Department that said his relatives in Europe would have to wait there since the "quota" for Eastern European Jews was filled.

How many hundreds of thousands or even millions might have survived if the U.S. and other countries had tried just a little harder?

Phyllis Dimant



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