Canada’s Schindler: Meet the man who gave 79 Jewish orphans a new life on Canadian soil

Photos from Morris Saxe's farm school. (Courtesy David Fleishman)

Few Canadians know the name Morris Saxe. He was a Jewish dairy farmer who lived in Georgetown, Ontario, having moved to Canada in 1902. He was a hard worker and one of the founders of Beth Tzedec Congregation in Toronto, but his greatest accomplishment came in the 1920s. He convinced the Canadian government, still quite anti-Semitic at the time, to open its doors to 79 Jewish teens from one particular orphanage in Poland. But there was one catch: all the orphans had to train to become farmers.

Saxe’s story is so inspiring that one author just recently published a young-adult book inspired by the man, who now is sometimes called “Canada’s Schindler.” That book, Jacob and the Mandolin Adventure, by Anne Dublin, tells the story of a 13-year-old Polish Jew who’s promised a new life on a Canadian farm.

On today’s episode of The CJN Daily podcast, Ellin is joined by Dublin and David Fleishman, Saxe’s grandson, to discuss Saxe’s story and legacy. Listen and subscribe above.

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