Historian Irving Abella, the co-author of a seminal book on the Canadian government’s refusal to accept Jewish refugees fleeing the Holocaust, has died.
Abella died on Sunday, the day after his 82nd birthday, after a long illness.
He was born and raised in Toronto, and completed his bachelor’s, master’s and PhD degrees at the University of Toronto.
His 1982 book None is too Many: Canada and the Jews of Europe 1933-1948, co-written with Harold Troper, shed light on the largely untold story of Canada’s anti-immigrant policies toward persecuted Jews and helped persuade future governments to welcome migrants fleeing war.
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