Once upon a Time we were refugees

Written by Sabine Küper on . Posted in The Passenger

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  • Springtime is laughter time for children, but there was no laughter for three-year-old Betti Malek when the Germans crashed through Belgium and took Antwerp in 1940. She was one of numerous child refugees brought from Belgium to England, and one of the million of children who suffered during the five-and-a-half years of war, May 17, 1945. (AP Photo)

  • GERMANY - JUNE 06:  Post WWII German refugees & displaced persons crowding every square inch of a train leaving Berlin  (Photo by Margaret Bourke-White/The LIFE Images Collection/Getty Images)

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  • Post War refugees İn Germany Post War Refugee Camp in Germany
  • Betti Malek was one of numerous child refugees brought from Belgium to England, 1945. (AP Photo)
  • Post WWII German refugees crowding every square inch of a train leaving Berlin (Getty Images)
  • Syrian refugees in Gaziantep, 2016
  • Syrian refugees in Gaziantep, 2016
  • Angela Merkel is visiting a refugee Camp in Nizip/Gaziantep, 2016

 

“The passport is the most noble part of the human being. It also does not come into existence in such a simple fashion as a human being does. A human being can come into the world anywhere, in the most careless way and for no good reason, but a passport never can. When it is good, the passport is also recognized for this quality, whereas a human being, no matter how good, can go unrecognized.”

(Refugee Bertolt Brecht, 1940)

 

 

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