Canada to Apologize for Refusing Entry to Jews Who Fled Nazis

'An apology will not rewrite this shameful chapter of our history,' Trudeau says in speech

Ofer Aderet
Ofer Aderet
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Canada will issue an official apology for having refused to open its doors to Jews who fled Nazi Germany aboard a ship called the St. Louis in 1939.

That ship later became a symbol of the Jews’ tragic fate during World War II.

In honor of V-E Day, which marks the victory over the Nazis in Europe and is celebrated on May 8, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau gave a speech on the issue in which he said, “We failed not only those passengers, but also their descendants and community.”