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The Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau apologized for the fact that in 1939 the country refused to accept the ship with the Jews, who fled from persecution in Germany. It is reported by The New York Times.
“We apologize to the mothers and fathers of children whom we are not saved, sons and daughters, whose parents we are not saved” — he said, speaking in Parliament on 7 November. “We did not save them, although he could do it. We are partly to blame for the fact that many of them were in places such as Auschwitz, Treblinka and Belzec (Nazi concentration camp — approx. “Of the tape.ru”). For that we apologize,” continued Trudeau.
In June 1939, to the shores of Canada was approached by the liner St. Louis, which the Jews tried to flee from Nazi persecution. Before the ship refused to take on Cuba, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Panama and in the United States. Failed attempts of migrants to enter these countries was called “a doomed Voyage”. As a result, about thousands aboard refugees were forced to return to Europe. Some managed to escape, getting visas to the UK, the Netherlands, Belgium and France. However, as Nazi Germany expanded its borders, about 250 people were caught and killed or sent to concentration camps.
Since Trudeau became Prime Minister in 2015, Canada increasingly began to apologize for what he did in the past. Thus, the country wants to atone for colonial and racist past, especially relations with the natives-Indians. As noted by The New York Times, some Canadians are apology is gracious, the other is repentance — a reason to be proud of the country.
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