Wednesday, 10 April 2013
SS St Louis
When the passengers on the SS. St. Louis were rejected by Cuba, they thought that they could come to Canada. The problem was, was that most of the passengers were Jewish. At this time, Canada's population was largely anti-Semitic so letting a boat full of Jewish people stay and live in Canada was not appealing to them. The government stayed silent. Canada, just like Cuba, rejected them as well. This reveals that Canada during this time was not as accepting to other cultures and religions as we are now. Jewish people were thought of as a minority and Canada didn't want them. The immigration policy was split into three categories, the last being where they put Jewish people. Why didn't Canada accept the fleeing Jewish people from persecution? Maybe they were trying to protect jobs from being taken during these times of hardship, who knows really, but maybe Canada was just racist, and could not see past the fact that even though they were likely going to be persecuted, they were Jewish.