Canadian effort will study, educate about Shoah
June 1, 2009

TORONTO (JTA) — Canada will contribute nearly $1 million to a three-year national effort to study and educate Canadians about the Holocaust.

The government will partner with B’nai Brith Canada to invest in the newly-formed National Task Force on Holocaust Research, Remembrance and Education.

The announcement came Monday from Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney, who addressed a two-day conference on lessons learned from the ill-fated voyage of the St. Louis.

The famous ship sailed from Hamburg in 1939 loaded with Jewish refugees from Hitler’s Europe. The ship was forced to return to Europe, and many of the passengers perished in the Holocaust. The conference, dubbed “The St. Louis Era: Looking Back, Moving Forward,” marks the 70th anniversary of Canada’s refusal to let the passengers disembark.

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