Monday, February 5, 2024

Righting Canada's Wrongs

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Anti-Semitism and the MS St. Louis: Canada's Anti-Semitic Policies in the Twentieth Century by Rona Arato

"Prior to the Second World War, Canada's Jewish community was well established in many cities. As war grew closer, countries around the world closed their doors to Jewish refugees. In 1939, the MS St. Louis sailed for Cuba with nearly a thousand Jewish men, women, and children looking for safety. They were turned away by Cuba, then the US. The ship sailed on to Canada.

Despite pleas from the Canadian Jewish community, the government refused to allow the passengers to land in Canada. After war broke out, Canada continued to refuse Jewish refugees entry. When Britain forced Canada to take some refugees in, Canada imprisoned them in internment camps ― alongside Nazis. Some of these Jewish refugees were only teenagers.

Three years after the war ended and after the horrors of the Holocaust were universally known, Canada finally changed immigration policies and begin to accept Jews equally with other immigrants.” -Amazon

Other books in this collection currently available through the CEC library include:

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Africville: An African Nova Scotian Community Is Demolished ― and Fights Back

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Japanese Canadian Internment in the Second World War

Righting Canada's Wrongs: Residential Schools: The Devastating Impact on Canada's Indigenous Peoples and the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Findings and Calls for Action

Righting Canada's Wrongs: The LGBT Purge and the fight for equal rights in Canada