➝ [Epub] ❦ None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948 By Irving Abella ➧ – Dolove.info

I m bad at reviews but I wanted to say something.I think this is the first time in my 24 years on this Earth that a book has made me cry Originally, I picked it up because I wanted to learnabout an issue I had heard about previously but never really looked into I m glad I did.There s a lot to learn here about Canada s very sorry history, political activism, and the chilling depths of our own apathy towards others It s an important book and it s hard to read but it s one that I think every Canadian should read at some point. This book is a horrifying account of how tens of thousands of desperate persons were denied refuge in Canada and mostly perished in Hitler s death camps, due to widespread, institutional anti Semitism In particular it spotlights government policies and bureaucratic procedures designed to make it practically impossible for Jewish immigrants or refugees to enter Canada The devil is in the details, they say, and the authors go deep into the details of how cowardly or racist politicians and bigoted civil servants used every dodge, stall or catch at their disposal to prevent Jewish applicants no matter how qualified or, often, over qualified from being admitted The chief villain in in the piece is Fredrick Charles Blair, director of Canada s Immigration Branch from the mid 1930 s until 1943, the advent of the Holocaust No matter the case put before him, Blair simply put on his bureaucrat s blinkers and stood by the rigid application of the rules most of which, the book points out, he wrote himself The authors unearth correspondence that make Blair s personal anti Semitism clear, such as his comments on how Jewish unpopularity and their certain habits are responsible for their persecution It s clearly pointed out, however, that Blair could not have operated without the blessings of his political masters, and how, while there were no votes to be won by saving Jews, there were many to be lost The book is fair in describing the pressures on the politicians of the day, notably Liberal Prime Minister William Lyon McKenzie King the high unemployment and economic hardships of the depression, the Nationalist sentiment from Quebec, and the everyday anti Semitism of many Canadians of that era But how these Christian and civilized men as they all considered themselves could ignore the horrors coming out of Europe and of which, the authors prove, they were well aware, only leads to the conclusion of a fundamental and deep rooted prejudice.This is one of those infrequent books of scholarship and research Silent Spring, Unsafe at Any Speed that had an immediate impact on public policy Even in manuscript form it was, as recounted by the authors, instrumental in generating a charitable approach to the Vietnamese ethnic Chinese Boat People refugee movement of the 1970 s It s relevance is evident in how it continues to be cited in the ongoing debate over immigration and refugee policy.While it can be fairly argued that it wasn t in the book s scope I personally felt the authors owed their readers adetailed examination of anti Semitism in Canada They seem to adopt the position that it simply existed and that it was everywhere It was neither natural or simple, nor was it universal There are repeated references to the anti Semitic sentiment in Quebec That it was real, there is no doubt To understand it , though, it is necessary to consider the policies of the British colonial and later Canadian governments towards Quebec, which favoured assimilation much as their policies towards Jewish and other non Anglo Saxon immigrants did Quebec s struggle to maintain it s language, religion and culture informed its xenophobia and, it can be argued, does so to this day The book touches upon the 19th century immigration policy for the peopling of western Canada, especially how it encouraged agricultural settlers from eastern Europe and the Ukraine but it ignores the inherent anti Semitism this policy engendered There s no mention of the extensive Canadian propaganda campaigns of groups like the Ku Klux Klan in the 1920 s, that were not targeted at Afro Americans but against Roman Catholics French Canadians and Jews The book mentions but essentially dismisses the progressive non Jewish elements of Canadian society the left labour the clergy academia and everyday people, as ineffective when it came to saving Jews during the Holocaust That is evidently true, but it doesn t negate their decades of effort, before and after, in fighting racism and bringing about aequitable society, culminating in the adoption of Multiculturalism as official Canadian policy and the Charter of Rights and Freedoms which is briefly mentioned in the revised edition of the book To be fair, in the notes are references to other books that presumably deal with these issues in some depth.Three decades after its release None Are Too Many is still a book to make any thoughtful Canadian uncomfortable and ashamed and should be read by every Canadian.I have a complaint about the Goodreads Book Description of this title as it was apparently written by someone who never read the book After some faint praise, the description falsely claims the authors argue that only Jews were discriminated against in Canadian immigration policy It goes on to say And after the war, despite the apparent biases of a very small minority of Canadian officials, Jews were actually given preferential treatment in coming to Canada, a trend that has continued to the present day we are still getting Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union, some claiming to be refugees This statement is wrong in every particular The authors give a lengthy and detailed explanation of how, despite the horrors of the holocaust, Jewish survivors faced discrimination at every turn This is not an impartial Book Description but at best one person s uninformed review, at worst it s a thinly veiled anti Semitic attack, that, because of its format allows no opportunity for rebuttal. An Important Study Of The Discriminatory Immigration Policies Canada Had In The Interwar Period This Book Is Nevertheless Flawed For Advocating, Very Effectively But Not Very Historically, That Only Jews Suffered From Racist Attitudes Against Their Immigration Many Other Communities, Before, During And After The Second World War, Were Victims Of Racial Profiling And Stereotypical Attitudes That Resulted In Their Exclusion Or Limitations Being Placed On The Numbers Admitted And After The War, Despite The Apparent Biases Of A Very Small Minority Of Canadian Officials, Jews Were Actually Given Preferential Treatment In Coming To Canada, A Trend That Has Continued To The Present Day We Are Still Getting Jewish Immigrants From The Former Soviet Union, Some Claiming To Be Refugees This Is A Valuable Contribution To Canadian Immigration History And Certainly Presents A Pro Jewish Position Forcefully, But It Is Only A Partial And Somewhat Polemical Account Of A Subject That Is Far Complex Than Here Presented None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948

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