Trudeau Apologizes For Canada Turning Away Jewish Refugees On MS St

Trudeau Apologizes For Canada Turning Away Jewish Refugees On MS St

The story of the MS St. Louis resurfaced in headlines again in 2017, when an American Jewish educator launched a Twitter account that names passengers of the ship who were later killed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

But Mr. King said it was not Canada's problem and left the matter to officials such as Frederick Blair, the architect of Canada's restrictive immigration policies, known for his inflexibility.

Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau formally apologised on Wednesday for the country's 1939 refusal to take in a ship carrying more than 900 Jewish refugees, adding that the country would do more to protect Canadian Jews from violence.

"The recent attack on the Jewish community show how much we still have to do". We are sorry for the callousness of Canada's response.

Noting that around 17% of all Canadian hate crimes target the Jews, Trudeau pledged that the country will do more for their safety.

The apology connected past to present, showing how the hate that animated Canada's treatment of Jewish refugees in the 20th century is still ingrained in contemporary politics Canada, the US and elsewhere.

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The Prime Minister said the "long overdue" apology to the passengers of the St. Louis can not erase the pain suffered by these refugees or those murdered in the Holocaust or their descendants. Cuba and the United States also denied entry to the refugees and, after they returned to Europe, about one-quarter of those on board died in the Holocaust. The ship came within sight of Miami but the US coast guard turned the ship away. Vigils were held across Canada in the aftermath of the attack.

Anti-Semitism, that has been on the rise in Canada for the fifth straight year, according to the report by the Canadian Jewish advocacy group B'Nai Brith.

Gordon said history continues to repeat itself and even today "many people are discriminated against, starving or running for their lives".

Trudeau has been keenly repenting of Canada's historic sins for some time now.

The Liberals' new immigration plan calls for up accepting to 16,500 protected persons in 2019, a category that includes refugees, growing to 20,000 in 2021. "We contributed to sealing the cruel fates of far too many at places like Auschwitz, Treblinka and Belzec".

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