Montreal to Strike Name of Alleged Nazi Sympathizer Alexis Carrel from Local Map

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Montreal to Strike Name of Alleged Nazi Sympathizer Alexis Carrel from Local Map


Banerjee, Sidhartha, The Canadian Press


Montreal to remove Alexis Carrel's name from map

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MONTREAL - Montreal will become the latest Quebec city to erase any trace of a Nobel Prize-winning doctor because of his alleged Nazi ties.

Alexis Carrel's name will be stricken from a park and a street in the city, Mayor Denis Coderre said Wednesday.

The French surgeon and biologist won the Nobel Prize in 1912 for work in vascular suturing and transplants, but became the subject of controversy for supporting eugenics and the Vichy regime, which collaborated with the Nazis during the Second World War.

Coderre told an executive committee meeting that Carrel, who died in 1944, was "at minimum, a Nazi sympathizer."

Last year, Gatineau officials removed Carrel's name from a street and did likewise for Philipp Lenard, a German physicist who won the Nobel in 1905 but was also an adviser to Adolf Hitler and a known believer of Nazi ideology.

The Quebec city, which is just across from Ottawa, made the change after a grassroots campaign by a group of citizens.

"It was in this context that we realized three municipalities in Quebec still had street names for this man," said David Ouellette of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs. …

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