Trump Is Deaf to the Echoes of History

This piece appears in slightly different form in the Financial Times.

Going through my mother’s papers after she died last year, I found a folder marked “1940 immigration—Jewish relatives.” The pleading letters and desperate cables it contained told a story I knew only in broad outline, about how my grandparents helped a family of distant relations escape the Nazis at the last possible moment.

After Kristallnacht in 1938, those relatives—Sol and Fruma Teitelmann, and their two...

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