Ana Maria Gordon was one of the more than 900 Jewish refugees aboard the MS St. Louis who were denied entry to Canada in 1939.
Today – as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau delivered an apology from the Government of Canada in the House of Commons – it was so important to meet with Ana Maria, the only surviving passenger of the MS St. Louis living in Canada.
I am honoured to say that Ana Maria is now a constituent, and that so many other relatives of MS St. Louis passengers are also members of our Toronto-St. Paul’s community!
It was a truly moving day.
The timing of today’s apology was also particularly important – November 1st to 8th is the Neuberger Holocaust Education Week, and the night of November 9-10 is the 80th anniversary of Kristallnacht – the Night of Broken Glass in Nazi Germany.
As we were reminded following the tragedy at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, every single day we must stand together against anti-semitism and hatred, and work towards the Hebrew value of Tikkun Olam.