Montreal mayor pledges to rename street, park honoring Nazi sympathizer

By JTA
April 22, 2016 11:14

MONTREAL — Montreal’s mayor pledged to rename a street and a park that honor a Nazi sympathizer who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1912.

Alexis Carrel, a French biologist and surgeon who died in 1944, earned fame for pioneering a new technique in vascular surgery.

But he was also an avowed eugenicist who in 1936 praised Adolf Hitler’s racial policies, supported the Nazi-controlled Vichy regime in France and advocated for the state’s elimination of “undesirables.” Eugenics is a social philosophy that aims to “improve” human genetic traits.


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