Canada apol­o­gises for turn­ing away Jews

The Phnom Penh Post - - WORLD -

PRIME Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau apol­o­gised in par­lia­ment on Wed­nes­day for Canada’s re­fusal to ad­mit Jewish asy­lum seek­ers flee­ing Nazi Ger­many just months be­fore the out­break of World War II. On May 15, 1939 the ocean liner MSStLouis de­parted

Ger­many and crossed the At­lantic with 907 Ger­man Jews aboard, des­per­ate for refuge from per­se­cu­tion. The pas­sen­gers were barred from dis­em­bark­ing at Cuba, and then de­nied en­try in the US and Canada due to the dis­crim­i­na­tory im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies of the time. Forced to re­turn to Europe, many were sent to con­cen­tra­tion camps, and 254 died in the Holo­caust. “We are sorry for the cal­lous­ness of Canada’s re­sponse,” he said. “We re­fused to help them when we could have.”

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