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The refugee crisis solved in 24 pages

A 1939 leaflet gave displaced Jews unflinching advice. It contained lessons for today

By Mary Dejevsky   February 2017

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The smallest thing is often more instructive than the grandest gesture. The United Nations held a summit on refugees this autumn, but it left the world’s 65m-plus displaced people with little prospect of swifter resettlement. In contrast, a little booklet, now more than 70 years old, could offer-—if not an actual blueprint—some serious pointers, for smoothing the reception of today’s refugees.

Published in 1939 and entitled While you are in England (pictured right), it was put out by the philanthropic German-Jewish Aid Committee in…

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