None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948

None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948


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None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933-1948 by Irving Abella, Harold Troper

Winner of the National Jewish Book Award (Holocaust Category)

Winner of the Canadian Historical Association John A. Macdonald Prize

Featured in The Literary Review of Canada 100: Canada’s Most Important Books

[This] is a story best summed up in the words of an anonymous senior Canadian official who, in the midst of a rambling, off-the-record discussion with journalists in 1945, was asked how many Jews would be allowed into Canada after the war … ‘None,’ he said, ‘is too many.’

From the Preface

One of the most significant studies of Canadian history ever written, None Is Too Many conclusively lays to rest the comfortable notion that Canada has always been an accepting and welcoming society. Detailing the country’s refusal to offer aid, let alone sanctuary, to Jews fleeing Nazi persecution between 1933 and 1948, it is an immensely bleak and discomfiting story – and one that was largely unknown before the book’s publication.

Irving Abella and Harold Troper’s retelling of this episode is a harrowing read not easily forgotten: its power is such that, ‘a manuscript copy helped convince Ron Atkey, Minister of Employment and Immigration in Joe Clark’s government, to grant 50,000 “boat people” asylum in Canada in 1979, during the Southeast Asian refugee crisis’ (Robin Roger, The Literary Review of Canada). None Is Too Many will undoubtedly continue to serve as a potent reminder of the fragility of tolerance, even in a country where it is held as one of our highest values.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781487516529
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Publication date: 05/24/2017
Series: Canada 150 Collection Series
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.87(d)

About the Author

Irving Abella is the J. Richard Shiff Chair for the Study of Canadian Jewry and a professor in the Department of History at York University.

Harold Troper is professor at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. The co-author of None is Too Many: Canada and the Jews (with Irving Abella), his most recent book is The Defining Decade: Identity, Politics, and the Canadian Jewish Community in the 1960s.

Table of Contents

Introduction to New Edition



  1. Where They Could Not Enter
  2. The Line Must be Drawn Somewhere
  3. Der Feter Yiuv ist bei uns
  4. The Children Who Never Came
  5. Ottawa or Bermuda? A Refugee Conference
  6. In the Free and Civilized World
  7. One Wailing Cry
  8. A Pleasant Voyage
  9. Conclusion


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