Unauthorized Entry: The Truth about Nazi War Criminals in Canada, 1946-1956

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University of Toronto Press, 2000 - History - 327 pages

Canada is a haven for Nazi war criminals. This accusation - first levelled by war crimes advocacy groups, later corroborated by a royal commission, now reported as fact by major media outlets - has become the gospel of politically-correct commentators and pundits. But is it true?

In Unauthorized Entry, Howard Margolian argues convincingly that it is not. On the basis of the most thorough examination of Canada's immigration-screening system ever undertaken, he absolves a succession of postwar governments of active complicity in the admission of ex-Nazis. Charges that Ottawa was indifferent to the problem are similarly discounted. In a refreshing and controversial departure from the conspiracy theories and the culture of historical victimization so prevalent nowadays, Margolian lays the blame where it belongs - on the war criminals themselves.

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Howard Margolian specializes in the history of the Second World War. From 1990 to 1997, he worked as an investigator for the Crimes against Humanity and War Crimes Section of the Department of Justice of Canada.

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