Canada's righteous : a history of the Canadian National Committee on Refugees and Victims of Political Persecution

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  • By 1938 a small group of Canadians were aware that Germany's Nazi regime was following a policy of expelling Jews. In the years leading up to the Second World War the League of Nations Society in Canada sought to aid  these refugees. In late 1938 they realized they could no longer assist refugees and fulfill their other humanitarian obligations. In October 1938 the League of Nations Society in Canada executive voted to create a Canadian National Committee on Refugees and Victims of Political Persecution (CNCR).This thesis is a study of their work and an examination of the ideas which motivated their members to action. It will outline the activities of the CNCR which included lobbying the Government to admit refugees, publishing literature on the refugee question and assistance of refugees upon arrival in Canada. It demonstrates that most members were motivated to this service by a belief in internationalism or in the social nature of Christianity.

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  • Copyright © 1987 the author(s). Theses may be used for non-commercial research, educational, or related academic purposes only. Such uses include personal study, research, scholarship, and teaching. Theses may only be shared by linking to Carleton University Institutional Repository and no part may be used without proper attribution to the author. No part may be used for commercial purposes directly or indirectly via a for-profit platform; no adaptation or derivative works are permitted without consent from the copyright owner.
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  • 1987


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