Varian Fry’s Grave Responsibility
On April 11, the world observed Yom HaShoah, or Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust and Heroism. Varian Fry, often called the “American Schindler,” was an American journalist who recognized early on the evils of the Nazi regime and did everything he could to save refugees from it. He wrote about the increasingly troubling events taking place at the beginning of the Third Reich and eventually went over to Europe to help refugees escape across the border and into countries like Spain, Portugal, and the United States. Through his bravery and commitment to finding solutions for a situation in which many felt helpless, he was able to get many desperate refugees out of the Third Reich and into Allied territory.