Anne Frank's stepsister likens Trump to Hitler

In op-ed, Holocaust survivor Eva Schloss says Trump anti-Muslim rhetoric reminiscent of Hitler's 'inciting racism' against Jews.

Cynthia Blank ,

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The stepsister of perhaps the world's most famous Holocaust victim Anne Frank has asserted that Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is "acting like another Hitler." 

In an op-ed published in Newsweek on Wednesday to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Eva Schloss denounced Trump's rhetoric against Syrian refugees. 

"If Donald Trump become the next president of the US, it would be a complete disaster," she slams. "I think he is acting like another Hitler by inciting racism." 

The 86-year-old Schloss, an Auschwitz survivor, was a childhood friend of Anne's in Amsterdam before the Frank family went into hiding. After the war, her mother Fritzi married Otto Frank, Anne's father. 

Arguing the world has not really internalized the lessons of the Holocaust, Schloss writes, "The experience of the Syrian refugees is similar to what we went through," criticizing both the US and Britain for refusing to take in more refugees. 

"Fewer people would have died in the Holocaust if the world had accepted more Jewish refugees," Schloss contends. 

Schloss recalled how Otto Frank tried in vain to obtain visas to the United States in 1940 after the Nazi regime occupied Holland. 

"He tried everything to save his family from the Holocaust. He knew someone who worked in Roosevelt’s administration and begged him to do anything possible, but in the end his request was rejected. America didn’t want to take any more refugees in the 1940s."

"The situation today is worse than it was under Hitler," Schloss concludes, "because at that time all the Allies 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."