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By Franklin Bialystok

Bialystok starts off by way of interpreting the years instantly following international warfare II, exhibiting that Canadian Jews weren't psychologically built to appreciate the enormity of the Holocaust. not able to know the level of the atrocities that had happened in an international that used to be no longer theirs, Canadian Jews weren't ready to empathize with the survivors and a chasm among the teams built and widened within the subsequent 20 years. He exhibits how the efflorescence of marginal yet vicious antisemitism in Canada within the Sixties, together with stronger antisemitic outrages the world over and the danger to Israel's life, ended in an curiosity within the Holocaust. He demonstrates that with the politicization of the survivors and the maturation of the post-war iteration of Canadian Jews within the Nineteen Eighties, the reminiscence of the Holocaust turned a pillar of ethnic identification. Combining formerly unexamined records and interviews with leaders within the Jewish neighborhood in Canada, Bialystok exhibits how the collective reminiscence of an epoch-making occasion replaced in response to ancient situations. His paintings complements our figuring out of immigrant version and ethnic id in a multi-cultural society within the context of the post-war financial and social alterations within the Canadian panorama and sheds new gentle at the background of Canadian Jewry, starting a brand new viewpoint at the results of the Holocaust on a neighborhood in transition.

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David Rome, the Journal’s editor, excoriated the “business as usual” attitude. In the Canadian Jewish Chronicle, the editor asked: “Where is the thunderbolt of invective which these events should call forth? ”62 In an assessment of the leadership’s reaction to the plight of Europe’s Jews during the war, the key consideration is what was possible for the community to achieve. In essence, there were three main obstacles preventing it from doing more. The first was the nature of the war and its relation to the Holocaust.

Congress’s president was Samuel Jacobs, who served until his death in 1938. His successor, Samuel Bronfman, was to remain the head of Congress until 1962. In its reincarnation, the cjc’s primary aim was to provide a unified voice for the community. This was not a feasible goal, considering the ideological, religious, and class fragmentations and the wide dispersal of the community, yet Congress persevered. In the 1930s the most pressing concerns were the restrictions both against Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany and other Jews wishing to immigrate and native antisemitism.

On 15 September, Hayes wrote that most of the populace of the Warsaw ghetto had been liquidated. On 11 October a mass meeting was held in the Montreal Forum; another protest followed at Massey Hall in Toronto. QXD 5/23/2000 9:29 AM 25 Page 25 The Holocaust and Canadian Jews in the 1930s and 1940s mann’s statement had become fact, and those Canadians who wanted to know did know. In the next eighteen months the specifics of the “final solution” were unveiled to the Allies. Authenticated accounts of the program were made known to the Canadian Department of External Affairs in the summer of 1943.

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