For Immediate Release
August 9, 2017
Montréal, August 9, 2017 – La Presse reported today that the Montréal toponymy committee has selected new names for a road and a park named for Alexis Carrel. The name changes are reportedly expected to take place within 6 months.
Alexis Carrel was a French scientist who supported the forced sterilization programs applied by the Nazis against any human being considered “racially inferior” or “socially undesirable.”
In reaction to the news report, Eta Yudin and Rabbi Reuben Poupko, Vice President and Co-President, respectively, of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA-Quebec), issued the following statements.
“In 2015, CIJA-Quebec approached the municipalities of Montréal, Boisbriand and Chateauguay to request that they remove Alexis Carrel’s name from their toponymy. Only the mayor of Montréal, Mr. Denis Coderre, decided, last year, to remove this Nazi sympathizer from his city’s place names. We are pleased to learn that these place names are incompatible with the universal principles of equality and human dignity will soon become a thing of the past,” stated Ms. Yudin.
“Since 2002, Alexis Carrel has completely disappeared from French toponymy. We invite the mayors of Boisbriand and Chateauguay to follow Montréal’s example by eliminating place names that pay undue tribute to a supporter of the Nazis’ racist and pseudoscientific aberrations,” added Rabbi Poupko.
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada-UIA.
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