passports and lost all of their assets, they were not appealing to any country thatwas accepting immigrants at the time. Hundreds and thousands of Jews wereleaving for other countries such as Poland, France, and Britain. The massiveamount of people immigrating into countries was unwanted. Other countries thathad an anti-Semitism mindset started to support the ideas that the Nazi partywere conveying and tried to push the Jews out of their homes, providing onlytemporary relief.
The world tried to ignore the desperate plight of refugees, andCanada was no exception. In fact, when hundreds of thousands of Jewssearched for refuge from the Third Reich in the years from 1933 to 1939, Canadahad contributed to the least amount of accepted refugees, making room forapproximately four thousand people.
Just prior to the Second World War,Canada wanted nothing to do with Jewish refugees.
During the interwar years, Canada‟s attitude
towards refugees had notchanged, and the federal government in particular had very strong oppositiontowards immigration at the time. Canada did very little for the Jewish refugees.Widespread anti-Semitism was contagious, especially for senior bureaucrats andpoliticians who looked away from the desperate situation the refugees were in. In1939, a ship called the
carried 907 German Jews who needed a placeto run away to. They were refused to land anywhere in North and South America.When the ship tried to come to Canada, F.C. Blair, Director of the ImmigrationBranch had stated, "The line must be drawn somewhere," and that marked the
Irving Abella and Harold Troper,
“’The line must be drawn somewhere’: Canada
and Jewish Refugees, 1933-
Canadian Historical Review
60, no. 2 (April 2008):180.