Emma Lazarus and the Statue of Liberty

"Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses. . ." are words deeply connected with the Statue of Liberty from Emma Lazarus’s poem, “The New Colossus!”

Did you know that April 17 is celebrated as the day in 1907 when more immigrants were processed through Ellis Island than any other day in its history—11,747 people!

As early as the 1880s, Lazarus was speaking out against anti-Semitism in Europe, advocating for Jewish refugees coming to the United States.

Many of her most passionate poems were inspired by the Hebrew Bible.
In “The Banner of the Jew” she writes:

“With Moses’ law and David’s lyre,
Your ancient strength remains unbent.
Let but an Ezra rise anew. . .to lift the Banner of the Jew!”


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