OPINION: Sheffield’s Holocaust survivor proves immigration isn’t all bad

Steven Mendelsson fled Nazi Germany as a child
Steven Mendelsson fled Nazi Germany as a child
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Immigration. The big, scary ‘i word’ has been flung around a lot in the last month.

There are some who believe immigration is damaging.

Steven Mendelsson fled Nazi Germany as a child

Steven Mendelsson fled Nazi Germany as a child

80 years ago, Steven Mendelsson was one such immigrant. He has thanked Sheffield and Britain for saving his life after fleeing Nazi Germany. Without the UK giving him sanctuary, he would be ‘dead in a gas chamber’.

He was not an immigrant coming to ‘steal a job’ or send money home. He was here because the only alternative was genocide.

The UK has a proud history of helping those in need. When we see Nigel Farage standing in front of a poster of a sea of migrants, it is designed to scare, as most propaganda is. But many of these are fleeing the same atrocities today: war, persecution, death.

On pages 8-9, Steve explains how Germans slowly turned on Jews, like schoolmates stopping speaking to him.

Race attacks have increased after the EU vote, with some being told to ‘pack their bags’.

It’s highly alarming when parallels to Nazi Germany surface.

Immigration is a real issue, but it must not be used to legitimise hate or reject those in need.

If we had had that attitude in the 1930s, Steven and countless others wouldn’t be alive today.