RE: [Cz-L] Robert Burton's Comment on "The Jewish Hospital in Czernowitz"

From: Robert Burton <>
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 2017 16:35:13 +0000
To: Merle Kastner <>, 'Edgar Hauster' <>, 'Czernowitz Discussion Group' <>
Reply-To: Robert Burton <>

Dear Merle,

Thank you for your kind words.

My parents were able to enter Canada on an Entrepreneur's Visa. My father's family had an established business, and he could establish it here and provide JOBS. This was the depression, and, I guess, jobs were more important than keeping every last Jew out. As I mentioned, I think it helped immensely that the Czernowitz mills used Barclay's in London as a factor to obtain yarn, and had solid credit there. This was a time that predated modern banking, and factors were vital links in international commerce. Incidentally, the Troper-Abella book is an eye-opener for us today - the First World has come a very long way.



-----Original Message-----
From: Merle Kastner []
Sent: March-29-17 7:16 AM
To: 'Edgar Hauster'; 'Czernowitz Discussion Group'
Cc: Robert Burton
Subject: RE: [Cz-L] Robert Burton's Comment on "The Jewish Hospital in Czernowitz"

Dear Edgar,
Thank you so much for sharing this fascinating story with all of us. What is really amazing is that this family was able to immigrate to Canada at that time. Canada had the worst record for barring Jews (or suspected Jews). The landmark book, "None is Too Many" by the Canadian historians, Irving Abella and Harold Troper outlines this shameful aspect of our history.

Merle Kastner, Montreal, Canada

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