Jew or Juif?: Jews, French Canadians,...

Michael Brown`s landmark study offers an unusual perspective on the origins of Canadian-Jewish assimilation in Anglo-Canada and the fear and insecurity that Canadian Jews experienced under the French Canadians.

6 Jew or Juif? have not been altogether absent from Anglo- Canada, nor, indeed, from other countries in the West. 11  By themselves they hardly appear to be sufficient explanation for the  alienation of Jews from French Canadi-ans and their national aspirations. And yet, other than Montreal, there are few Jewish communities outside the Arab world today where 80 percent of the population has considered emigrating. Despite the reas-surances offered by a number of French- Canadian leaders, there per-sist among Jews fears of fascism, persecution, and second- class status in the Quebec of the future. 12 It must be concluded, then,  that the reactions of Jews to French- Canadian nationalism cannot be understood in terms of contemporary events alone. In fact, what Jews ( and, to some extent, other minority groups in Quebec, as well) hear— and fear— today are resonances of the past, of Jewish experiences in other places during periods of intense nationalistic fervor and, even more, of past Jewish experiences in Can-ada itself. 13  It is in the past that the seeds of present attitudes and behav-ior were sown.  Jews’ identification with Anglo- Canada is not a recent phenomenon; neither are their very serious reservations about French Canada; nor, for that matter, is the strong attachment of most of Que-bec Jewry to the English language, to Anglo- Canadian culture, and to the Jewish communities of Anglo- Canada, of Great Britain, and of the United States. During World War I, North American Jewry was cut off from Eu-rope for the first time. At that critical turning point the Jewish commu-nities of Canada and the United States assumed the shape they were to have for some time in the future. In 1914 the Canadian- Jewish commu-nity was over a century and a half old, but only about a fifth of its mem-bers had lived in the country for more than a decade, and the commu-nity was still quite small. ( Several cities in the United States and many in Europe had a larger Jewish population than was to be found in all of Canada.) Nonetheless, already by that time Canadian Jewry had chart-ed the course it continues along today in many areas of its life. The relationship of Canada’s Jews with both French Canadians and Anglo- Canadians for many years to come had certainly been established. In that past of British roots, of American connections, of alienation from France and the Roman Catholic Church, and of more than two centu-ries of experiences in Canada lies the key to understanding the appre-hensions of today’s Jews regarding their future in Quebec.   C h a p t e r Home  | T O C  | I n d e x For use on stand- alone, non- institutional computers only. To purchase Scholar PDF version with advanced functionality, go to www. publishersrow. com

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