Historiography, Myth and Group Relations: Jewish and Non-Jewish Quebecois on Jews and New France

TitleHistoriography, Myth and Group Relations: Jewish and Non-Jewish Quebecois on Jews and New France
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1991
AuthorsMenkis, R
JournalCanadian Ethnic Studies/Etudes Ethniques au Canada
Volume23
Pagination24-38
ISBN Number0008-3496
KeywordsAnti-Semitism, article, Canada, Canadian history, early Jewish history, Group Dynamics, Historical Development, Historiography, History, Intergroup Relations, Jews, published work, to 1766
Abstract

Benjamin G. Sack's History of the Jews in Canada: From the Earliest Beginnings to the Present Day (Montreal, 1945) is drawn on to explore the historical treatment of early Jewish history in Canada, & the relationship between Jews & non-Jews in Quebec. Sack's focus is on the history of the Gradis Jewish merchant family of France, who immigrated to Canada in the eighteenth century; their story provides the background for a portrayal of the Jewish community, & has been used for political purposes. As an attempt to integrate Jewish history into Canadian historical memory, however, Sack's work has been resisted by the non-Jewish community, as demonstrated in literary works, including some with anti-Semitic accents. I. Shagrir