Arrow-right Camera
The Spokesman-Review Newspaper

The Spokesman-Review Newspaper The Spokesman-Review

Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
Partly Cloudy Night 46° Partly Cloudy

Huckleberries Online

Former refugee Rep Kloc says USA has role to play in resettlement crisis

 (Courtesy: Idaho Legislature)
(Courtesy: Idaho Legislature)

State Rep. Hy Kloc, D-Boise, says America has a role to play in resettlement of Syrian refugees. He speaks from experience. He was born in a refugee camp in Germany after his parents and extended family suffered in German extermination camps:

"I was born in a Displaced Persons Camp in Essen, Germany, at end of World War II. My father Sam, my mother Libby, and my brother Jack were Holocaust survivors. Most of our extended family were not so fortunate. Poland, our home for generations, was a bitter memory defiled by death and destruction. My parents, my brother, and I lived in that camp for three years awaiting permission to travel to America.

"We were not alone. Tens of millions of people were displaced in the wake of the war. Those who couldn't leave Europe faced food shortages, disease, and the prospect of having to rebuild their lives from nothing.

"For us, like so many refugees, America was more than a place. It was the promise of a new life." More here.

Question: Do you agree/disagree with Rep. Kloc that the USA has a role to play in Syrian refugee resettlement?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

Follow Dave online: