[Review of the book Holocaust; orphans; war victims; ...

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Title [Review of the book Holocaust; orphans; war victims; Canadian history; World War II]
Author(s) Henry F. Srebrnik
Date 1999
Volume 29
Issue 2
Start page 333
End page 335
Abstract When Canada did decide to admit a very small number of refugees in 1946, in part due to pressure from the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration (UNRRA) and other relief organizations in Europe, it would be by way of a special program based on cabinet orders-in-council, rather than through changes to the racist Immigration Act itself. In April 1947, permission was granted to allow 1,000 young orphans to enter Canada, on condition that the Canadian Jewish community assume total responsibility for their well-being, including their adoption by foster parents. The War Orphans Project would thus, as [Martz] indicates, depend on the massive contribution of both volunteers and social welfare professionals and tax the resources of the already heavily-burdened Jewish population. Since most issues dealing with child welfare fell under provincial jurisdiction, Saul Hayes, executive director of the CJC, was assigned the task of gaining approval from the appropriate provincial ministries and undertook a coast-to-coast tour of the provincial capitals. (In the end, the vast majority would settle in Montreal and Toronto.) It proved more difficult to find foster homes for the children than Congress anticipated.; Rev. of Open your hearts: the story of the Jewish war orphans in Canada, by Fraidie Martz

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