On November 7, the Liberal government will officially apologize for the 1939 decision to turn away the MS St. Louis, a ship carrying 907 German Jews fleeing the Nazi regime.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made the announcement on a conference call with Canadian rabbis earlier on Thursday, and then later took to Twitter to spread the message.
“The St. Louis was carrying German Jews looking for refuge in Canada, but they were turned away under the ‘None is Too Many’ policy of the time,” Trudeau said in a tweet. “254 ended up being killed.”
While the date of the apology is news, Trudeau announced in May that his government would be making it.
“This was an absolute moral failure on the part of the government, and though of course an apology can’t bring the victims back, we’re committed to doing what we can to right this wrong,” Trudeau said in a separate tweet Thursday.