As a survivor of the Holocaust, I deeply appreciate that Michael Gerson’s heartbreaking description of the plight of Syrian refugees crossing into Jordan [“Turning away from Syria’s suffering,” op-ed, Feb. 18] was made possible by a trip hosted by the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. It shows that the museum is more than a place of commemoration; it also serves to remind us that every genocide, every massacre and every state-sponsored act of cruelty dishonors the memory of the lives lost in the Holocaust and adds to the pain of survivors.

The U.S. government’s response to the Holocaust has been called too little too late. Will the same be said about the response to the Syrian tragedy?

Alfred Munzer, Washington