Faces of History

Migrant Crisis Today Draws Comparison to 1943


In 1943, 1,500 Polish refugees escaped the horrors of the Russian labor camps.

“It was life or death every day,” says Julek Plowy, then a young boy who made an arduous journey by sea and rail with his mother and sister. He father died along the way. “We survived despite starvation and hard work.”

Providing Lifesaving Support for Syrian Refugees

Syria is at the center of the world's most devastating humanitarian emergency. Once a vibrant hub of Middle Eastern culture and history, Syria has been besieged by internal conflict that has uprooted millions of innocent families. Of those, 4.1 million Syrians have fled across the border into Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey and Egypt. More than 75% of Syrian refugees are women and children.


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