Canadian Refusal of Shelter to Jews Bemoaned

A group of Canadian Christians apologized recently for a 1939 decision by the Canadian government to deny entrance to the country to 937 Jews aboard the S.S. St. Louis. They were forced to return to Europe, where more than half died in Nazi death camps. Baptist, Catholic, and other Christian leaders expressed remorse for the decision to 25 Holocaust survivors who had been aboard the St. Louis. The survivors were brought to Ottawa to take part in the ceremony by Watchmen of the Nation, a Christian group. One who apologized was Baptist minister Doug Blair, who said his great-uncle, Frederick Charles Blair, then director of Canada's Immigration Branch, had been instrumental in turning the Jews back.