Canada apologizes for turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany

Canada apologizes for turning away Jews fleeing Nazi Germany

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will issue an official government apology today for what he will call the country's moral failure when Canada closed its doors to Jewish refugees during the Holocaust. The United States later turned them away.

Anti-Semitic incidents in Canada reached a record 1,752 in 2017, according to the Jewish advocacy organization B'nai B'rith. The ship was forced to return to Europe, where several countries agreed to take in the asylum seekers, however, about 250 Jews from the ship are believed to have been eventually killed by the Nazis in death camps.

Noting that Canadian Jews "are understandably feeling vulnerable" in the wake of the deadly shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on October 27, that left 11 people dead and dozens injured, Trudeau pointed out that there have been calls to boost security at places of worship so the people could feel safe while in service, but didn't mention any new measures.

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 USA and elsewhere.

"For me, it was so important not only to recognize the wrongs that a previous government had committed with regards the MS St. Louis, but to recognize that in today's day, we do not accept that kind of discrimination, we do not accept that intolerance and we do not accept that persecution". About 30,000 people were sent to concentration camps, the first large cohort of the millions who would be murdered.

"I pledge to you all now we will do more", Trudeau said, without providing more details.

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Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivers a formal apology over the fate of the MS St. Louis and its passengers, in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada November 7, 2018.

"Holocaust deniers still exist", he said. "Anti-Semitism is still far too present", he said in the parliament.

Trudeau, a Liberal, has made a number of apologies for Canada's historical failings.

"The ship came right outside Halifax harbour!" said Jon Goldberg, former executive director of the Atlantic Jewish Council.

"While decades have passed since we turned our backs on Jewish refugees, time has by no means absolved Canada of its guilt or lessened the weight of our shame", he said.

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