"Discrimination and violence against Jewish people in Canada and around the world continues at an alarming rate".
Bettmann via Getty Images A crowd of Jewish refugees aboard the MS St. Louis ocean liner wave as they arrive in Antwerp, Belgium, after being denied refuge in North America. These refugees were barred from disembarking at the ship's first destination in Cuba and then denied entry into the United States and finally Canada due to the Canadian government's discriminatory "none is too many" immigration policy towards Jewish people, the Prime Minister's Office said in a summary of the episode.
"We apologize to the 907 German Jews aboard the St. Louis, as well as their families", he said.
The prevalence of anti-Semitism in contemporary society showed itself nearly two weeks ago when a gunman killed 11 worshippers inside a Pittsburgh synagogue simply because they were Jewish, Trudeau said.
Trudeau said Holocaust deniers still exist and anti-Semitism remains prevalent in Canada - the latest numbers from Statistics Canada show Jews are the most frequent target of religiously motivated hate crimes - and North America, shadowed by the shooting deaths of 11 worshippers inside a Pittsburgh synagogue nearly two weeks ago. "Instead, it will whitewash a government that did nothing to help the Jews who were fleeing the Nazis and ignored the type of anti-Semitism that was endemic in Canada until the 1970s". They then tried to dock in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but then-prime minister Mackenzie King didn't allow it.
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Louis returned to Germany and the passengers scattered in Europe.
In May 1939, the St. Louis left Germany with passengers who included more than 900 Jewish German citizens seeking sanctuary. However, about a quarter of them faced a gruesome fate of being killed in Nazi death camps, historians estimate. The Twitter account was a protest against President Donald Trump's travel ban, which targeted refugees.
Writing in the National Post on the eve of the apology, Michael Mostyn, chief executive of B'nai Brith Canada, called on the Trudeau government to take action by devoting resources to developing a national action plan to combat anti-Semitism and engage with Jewish institutions, including synagogues, on security.
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Gordon said she thinks history is repeating itself today, as "many people are discriminated against, starving or running for their lives".