75 years ago, Anne Frank’s diaries were published into a world that said never again to the genocide that was Nazi Germany’s Final Solution. But today, we see a rise in far right populism in mainstream politics, a rise in anti-Semitism and Islamophobia, the demonisation of migrants and what, following the Ukraine conflict, feels like double standards over what is considered a good refugee and those who should be turned away from fortress Europe.
Professor Matthew Feldman, the director of the Centre for Analysis of the Radical Right and author with Steven Matthews of Fascism’s Cultural Crusader: Ezra Pound and International Fascism, is joined by Simon Parkin, author of The Island of Extraordinary Captives, and Bradford West MP and Shadow Minister (Home Office) Naz Shah to discuss the rise in the far right, its impact on the current refugee crisis and comparing it to how historically refugees have been treated in the UK and abroad.
Anne Frank’s family could have made it to America if they had not been blocked by the tightened immigration controls. Are we making the same mistakes again?