None Is Too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe, 1933–1948
Available: September 2023© 2023
Imprint: New Jewish Press
Page Count: 360 Pages
Illustrations: 15 b&w illustrations
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
360 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 x 1.00 in, 15 b&w illustrations
Not Yet Published
Today, we think of Canada as a compassionate, open country to which refugees from other countries have always been welcome. However, between the years 1933 and 1948, when the Jews of Europe were looking for a place of refuge from Nazi persecution, Canada refused to offer aid, let alone sanctuary, to those in fear for their lives.
Rigorously documented and brilliantly researched, None Is Too Many tells the story of Canada’s response to the plight of European Jews during the Nazi era and its immediate aftermath, exploring why and how Canada turned its back and hardened its heart against the entry of Jewish refugees. Recounting a shameful period in Canadian history, Irving Abella and Harold Troper trace the origins and results of Canadian immigration policies towards Jews and conclusively demonstrate that the forces against admitting them were pervasive and rooted in antisemitism.
First published in 1983, None Is Too Many has become one of the most significant books ever published in Canada. This fortieth anniversary edition celebrates the book’s ongoing impact on public discourse, generating debate on ethics and morality in government, the workings of Canadian immigration and refugee policy, the responsibility of bystanders, righting historical wrongs, and the historian as witness. Above all, the reader is asked: "What kind of Canada do we want to be?"
This new anniversary edition features a foreword by Richard Menkis on the impact the book made when it was first published and an afterword by David Koffman explaining why the book remains critical today.
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
Note on Sources
“A brilliant work of history.” Leonard Dinnerstein, American Jewish History
“Irving Abella and Harold Troper have done a superb job of unearthing this sorry chapter in our hidden history. The general outlines were dimly known before, but by exhaustively pursuing primary sources they have documented the details with chilling precision.” William French, The Globe and Mail
“[A] heart-rending book.” Carol Goar, The Toronto Star
“An exceedingly powerful and detailed examination of the application of an illiberal immigration policy by an equally illiberal government so as to exclude from this country the oppressed, persecuted Jews...Abella and Troper have produced an enormously vigorous and diligently prepared description and analysis of what must be the most inhumane period in the history of Canadian immigration policy.” Gerald E. Dirks, Canadian Journal of Political Science
“The definitive study of our pre-war treatment of Jews.” Bob Harvey, The Ottawa Citizen
‘If Canada and particularly its immigration policies now indeed live up to its positive image, this book was an important catalyst of the change. It remains as relevant as it was thirty years ago.’Walter D. Kamphoefner, Society for German-American Studies vol 47:2013