Trudeau sorry for Canada’s 1939 re­fusal of Jew­ish refugee ship

Cyprus Today - - WORLD -

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 St Louis left Ham­burg in May 1939 in a des­per­ate search for a safe haven from per­se­cu­tion by Nazi Ger­many. Af­ter it was re­buffed by Canada and other na­tions, it re­turned to Eu­rope, where his­to­ri­ans have es­ti­mated that more than 250 of the pas­sen­gers were mur­dered in Nazi death camps.

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