Wednesday, 27 March 2013
In the 1930's in Nazi Germany 937 Jews boarded the St. Louis ship on its way to Cuba in hopes to escape the risk of being captured by the Nazi's. Once they arrived in Cuba they realized that not all could be accommodated, the ship then started to make it's way to Canada in hopes that they would find refuge there. When they arrived they were turned away due to the discrimination of the Jews that was going on in Canada. This reveals that Canada's identity during this time period was cowardly. Canada's identity was cowardly because when the Jews arrived and desperately needed a safe place to stay Canada said no. But once they realized the severity of their situation they then begged the government to let them come to Canada, King stayed silent because of the fear that he would lose future votes. With no where to turn the St. Louis went back to Europe. England, Belgium and the Netherlands agreed to take in the Jews. This shows that when Canada was needed the most they turned their backs because they were to scared of what would happen to them and the thoughts of other countries. If Canada had taken in the passengers of the St. Louis hundreds of lives could have been saved.