Iraqi war refugees and Syrian are sleeping by railroad tracks in northern Greece expecting to be permitted to travel on to other northern EU states as well as Germany. Seventy three years back, another group heading for an entirely different future: the Nazi death camps traversed these tracks.
North wasn’t a way the Jews wished to be heading.
Injustices and moving, unkind historic ironies abound in the chaos of the present refugee crisis roiling the Middle East as well as Europe — ghostly echoes of a previous Europeans believed they’d long ago exorcised that’s panicking their politicians. Found in an important crossroads between mainland Europe as well as the Mideast, Greece and its Balkan neighbors – now throwing up coils of razor sharp wire on their frontiers and militarizing their edges to prevent asylum seekers – are no strangers to enormous flows of war refugees trying to find a strong basis nor to forcible displacements.