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'It's Absurd': Anne Frank's Stepsister Weighs In On Donald Trump, Refugee Crisis

| by Sean Kelly
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Anne Frank’s stepsister spoke out against Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump, comparing the real estate mogul to Adolf Hitler.

In an essay for Newsweek published on Jan. 27, 86-year-old Eva Schloss warned of Trump’s rise in popularity — particularly due to his comments towards Muslims and immigrants.

According to Schloss, the denial of Syrian refugees has become a problem in Britain as well as the U.S., though other countries like Germany have been taking in significant amounts of people.

“Germany has so far taken in over a million refugees and the country has not gone under," Schloss wrote. "Their government has [organized] their response very well every area gets allocated a certain number of refugees based on their population and they get an appropriate amount of money from the federal government.

“ ... If countries as big as the U.S. and Canada would take in more people, then we would get much closer to a solution. If Donald Trump become the next president of the U.S. it would be a complete disaster. I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism. During his U.S. presidential campaign he has suggested the 'total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States,' as well as pledging to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico to keep illegal immigrants out.”

Trump made headlines after the November 2015 attacks in Paris for proposing a ban on Muslims entering the country.

“Until we are able to determine and understand this problem and the dangerous threat it poses, our country cannot be the victims of horrendous attacks by people that believe only in jihad, and have no sense of reason or respect for human life,” he said at the time, according to the New York Times

Schloss, who grew up with Frank and whose mother married Frank's father after the war, said that the current refugee crisis is “worse than it was under Hitler” because at that time the Allies — the United States, Russia and Britain — “worked together to combat the terrible threat of Nazisim.”

“If we don't work together, the world will never be able to resolve the threats it faces today," Schloss wrote. "I don’t think getting rid of the Schengen Agreement is the correct response."

The Schengen Agreement is a passport-free zone in Europe. The European Union is considering suspending the agreement as countries attempt to deal with the large influx of refugees, the Independent reports.

“I remember how upset the world was when the Berlin Wall was erected in 1961 and now everybody is building walls again to keep people out," Schloss added in her Newsweek essay. "It’s absurd.”

Sources: Newsweek, The IndependentNew York Times / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr (2)

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