CJC War Orphans Project

In the early days of World War II representatives from Canadian Jewish Congress lobbied the Canadian government in vain to allow the rescue of a group of young Jewish orphans then living precariously in France. Due to Canada's restrictive immigration policies of the time, permission was refused. Two years after the war ended, an order in Council was finally passed which allowed CJC to arrange for the immigration  of over 1000 Jewish orphaned youths under the age of 18 from the war-torn nations of Europe. The first group arrived in Canada in September 1947. The project  continued until March 1952.

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