Tragic ripples of Holocaust in Canada

Though the Holocaust was not experienced by Canada directly, it has certainly impacted multiple ways of the life of Jews living in the country. The political decisions of the country resulted in many a tragedy to the Jewish population living in Canada.

Anti-Semitism

What the Jews have experienced can be termed as the anti-Semitism. The removal of one generation from 1933 to 1945 from the lands under German occupation has certainly affected the community’s response to the Holocaust. The postwar relief efforts of the Holocaust survivors and the displaced person have a close association with the Jewish Canadians.

The anti-semitism or the prejudice against the Jewish faith was rather an acceptable behavioral pattern of the mainstream Canadians. The Jews had to face substantial restrictions either the educational institutions or at the industrial enrollments. To pursue either the medicine or a law profession was not allowed to Jews and the property rights to own lands.

Culmination of Anti-Jewish

In fact, it was the height of discrimination when the boards were displayed that “No Jews or Dogs allowed.” The Canadians were of the opinion that the Jews were a national threat to the economic wealth of a country.

There is no denying that the Jews were very vulnerable in Quebec and Alberta. Ultimately, in the year 1933, what ought to have happened has occurred at the baseball game at Toronto Christie Pits Park. The flag of the swastika by a local Nazi youth group triggered the agitation from the rival group of Jewish club.

Denial of Refuge

The anti-Jewish sentiment resulted in the refusal of refuge to the substantial European Jews seeking refuge abroad.A political decision favored the “least desirable” category for the immigrants regardless of the nationality.

Not only the Jews but also the Sikhs, Chinese and Blacks were required to invest at least $15,000 in capital or agricultural skills to gain entry into the country.

The Evian Conference and the MS St. Luis affair were two black spots in the history of Canada. The refusal of permission to the MS St. Luis resulted in the murder of 254 passengers in the Holocaust.

Holocaust Survivors

About 40,000 Holocaust survivors who settled in Canada after the world war can boast of shaping country. In memory of the Holocaust, even today the Canadian citizens vow to combat racism, discrimination or anti-Semitism. This is in a gesture of commemoration of the victims of Holocaust.