Sunday, April 22, 2018

Jewish Refugees Arrive in Canada After WWII

Photo of the Day

Jewish Refugees from post-war Europe arrive in Canada via Halifax’s Pier 21, circa 1948. These were the fortunate or lucky ones and they show their appreciation in this photo. They had an opportunity to build a better life in Canada, which they undoubtedly did with much gratefulness and gratitude. Between 1946 and 1952, during the post-war period, Canada received about 160,000 displaced persons from Europe, or about 16% of the one million DPs post-1945 who were not repatriated to their native lands.; 20,000 were Jews. If the numbers seem small for a people who suffered so much, it is because there was already a precedent in place. Between 1933 and 1945, for example, Canada accepted only 5,000 Jews from Europe, and even then did so with stringent economic conditions. Canada was a different country then, not as welcoming as it is today, and perhaps not as prosperous; and, yet, they did welcome my father in 1951. He was ever grateful. For more go [here] and [here] and [here] and [here].
Courtesy: The Canadian Jewish News and the Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives

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