Delayed impact : the Holocaust and the Canadian Jewish community / Franklin Bialystok
- Montreal ; Ithaca : McGill-Queen's University Press, c2000
Includes bibliographical references (p. -317) and index
"By examining the years immediately following World War II, Franklin Bialystok shows that Canadian Jews were not psychologically equipped to comprehend the enormity of the Holocaust. Unable to grasp the extent of the atrocities that had occurred in a world that was not theirs, Canadian Jews were not prepared to empathize with the survivors and a chasm between the groups developed and widened in the next two decades. Bialystok demonstrates how the efflorescence of marginal but vicious antisemitism in Canada in the 1960s, in combination with more potent antisemitic outrages internationally and the threat to Israel's existence, led Canadian Jews to an interest in the Holocaust. Eventually, with the politicization of the survivors and the maturation of the post-war generation of Canadian Jews in the 1980s, the memory of the Holocaust became a pillar of ethnic identity."--BOOK JACKET.
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