Journalist Nicholas Kristof can’t help but cringe when he hears hateful immigrant and refugee bashing in the United States. In many ways, the long-time New York Times columnist is living the “American Dream,” as his father, Vladislav Krzysztofowicz, was a WWII refugee who fled across Eastern Europe, and even spent time in a concentration camp.
After failing to enter the US through a fake marriage, Krzysztofowicz was accepted in rural Oregon, settling there and changing his name to Ladis Kristof. He went on to become a university professor.
So it only seems fitting that Kristof is now one of the most active voices covering refugees around the world. According to him, refugees have “been a huge source of strength for the United States,” and he wishes that people could see that refugees are “a tremendous boon for the country.”
Story and video by Adam Banicki
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