Le Soleil, the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph and Jewish Immigration 1925-1939
AbstractInterwar Quebec society was imbued with a current of antisemitism that revealed itself both during the school crisis in the 1920s, and during the debate over Jewish refugees in the 1930s. The nationalist and Catholic press ferociously opposed Jewish requests regarding education, as well as Jewish immigration into Canada. Current historiography has focussed on the “ideological” press with regards to these various issues. This article offers a different perspective by examining the positions of the popular francophone and anglophone presses in the city of Quebec on the question of Jewish immigration. A systematic examination of the Soleil and the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph between the years 1925 and 1939 reveals common opposition to Jewish immigration, but different attitudes towards the Jews. While the Soleil adopted a stance with antisemitic attitudes, the Quebec Chronicle Telegraph did not speak offensively of the Jews.
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