Shadows of History in Europe’s Refugee Crisis
As the refugee crisis continues, mixed reactions are cause for concern in Germany. Given the country’s troubled past, anti-Islam and anti-migrant sentiment in the country is particularly troubling. Daniela Blei discusses German history and its relevance today in her article in Foreign Policy, The Banality of History: As Germany faces a racist backlash to the influx of migrants and refugees, is the country forgetting its past?
The New York Times details the historical parallels between this crisis and the Second World War, saying that it “may reveal a deeper truth about Europe and its seeming unpreparedness for a crisis so long in the making: While extolling the virtues of human rights and humanism, it remains, in many parts, a place resistant to immigration and diversity.”