Tomi Reichental was just nine years old when he was sent to the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.
He says the images of refugees risking their lives as they flee war-torn areas reminds him of what happened to the Jewish community in the lead up to World War II.
“We have to learn from the past, but we don’t seem to. The current refugee situation is history repeating itself. In the 1930s, when many Jewish people wanted to escape others in Europe would not let them in – now it is happening with the refugees,” he said.
Mr Reichental said he hoped his adopted home of Ireland, where he has lived for the past 55 years, would help refugees who had been left without hope.
“I think Ireland will do the correct thing. I think we should take in 10,000 refugees.
“That would be a huge number of people for a country like ours, but I think we have to do it – we have to help.
“Before the war nobody would take us in and then the Holocaust happened,” he added.
He said refugees that move here should be helped to fully integrate into society and mixed into communities instead of placed in isolated areas.