Apologizing for Canada’s rejection of Jews in 1939, Trudeau vows to fight anti-Semitism

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Source: The Washington Post

 It started as an apology for a shameful chapter in Canadian history and ended with an urgent call to fight anti-Semitism here and now.

On Wednesday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued a long-planned apology for the government’s 1939 decision to turn away the M.S. St. Louis, an ocean liner carrying more than 900 German Jews fleeing Europe.

His speech, just over a week after the massacre at Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, showed how anti-Semitism shaped Canada’s response to Jewish refugees fleeing Germany.

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