Wednesday, 27 March 2013
A Revelation of Ignorance
One thing that is revealed about Canada when the Jewish refugees were rejected is that Canada wasn't always as accepting of immigrants and helpful as it appears today. It is a disappointing and shameful contrast of how Canada seems to be a safe haven for international immigrants and refugees now, but in the 1930s Canada (among other countries) had a blatant disregard for the needs of the Jews and failed to provide assistance to them like any human being should be allowed, an example of this being the passengers of the MS St. Louis being denied entry into the country for safety from prejudice. I find it troubling that the country had a strong Christian religious background and ignored the Jews in their time of need, when a huge portion of Jesus Christ's teachings were to love your neighbour, and to treat them no worse than you would treat yourself. These Christians turned their backs on the Jews, contradictory to Jesus' messages. It may have been fear, ignorance, selfishness, hatred or a combination of all of these things, but at this time Canada was ignorant to the needs of Jewish refugees.