CANADA APOL­O­GIZES …

The Globe and Mail (BC Edition) - - EDITORIAL -

Re Canada Apol­o­gizes For Re­fus­ing Jewish Refugee Ship Dur­ing Holo­caust (Nov. 8): The two most im­por­tant el­e­ments of an apol­ogy are its sin­cer­ity and its time­li­ness. The sin­cer­ity of the apol­ogy to Cana­dian Jewry is tar­nished by its lengthy de­lay. The ques­tion Cana­di­ans must re­flect on: Why did the gov­ern­ment wait so very long to de­liver its apol­ogy?

Aaron Ca­plan Toronto I could have been on that boat ex­cept I was in hid­ing from the Nazis in Hun­gary. I was nine years old. There is no for­give­ness!

Ju­dith Ha­jdu Guelph, Ont. Canada has now for­mally apol­o­gized for turn­ing away the MS St. Louis, car­ry­ing 907 Jewish refugees in 1939.

Even­tu­ally, 254 of those refugees were killed in Ger­man oc­cu­pied coun­tries. But, as the U.S. Holo­caust Me­mo­rial Mu­seum con­firms, “Of the 288 pas­sen­gers ad­mit­ted by Great Bri­tain, all sur­vived World War II save one, who was killed dur­ing an air raid in 1940.”

This al­ways needs to be more than im­plied: Refugees taken into asy­lum coun­tries tend to sur­vive.

Shea Hoffmitz Hamil­ton Peo­ple keep say­ing never again, but what are they do­ing to stop new geno­cides be­gin­ning around the world?

Barbi Lazarus Toronto

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