Baron de Hirsch Institute

By Israel Medres
The more established landslayt would tell the newer immigrants the following story about the Baron de Hirsch Institute. A small group of Montreal Jews, having read in the newspaper that Baron de Hirsch helped to settle impoverished Jews on agricultural land, wrote him a letter requesting that he turn his attention to Canada. They informed him that the Canadian Jewish community was rapidly expanding thanks to a continuous flow of immigrants from Eastern Europe, many of whom could be settled on farms. The Baron did indeed take an interest in Canada, and in his reply to the letter, enclosed a large cheque. Hence his name was immortalized on the building which became the centre of Jewish communal activity in Montreal.

Jewish Montreal of Yesterday, p. 26

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