Montreal to Go Ahead with Plans to Rename Street, Park Named for Alexis Carrel

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Montreal to Go Ahead with Plans to Rename Street, Park Named for Alexis Carrel


Banerjee, Sidhartha, The Canadian Press


Montreal to strike Alexis Carrel name from map

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MONTREAL - The City of Montreal is moving ahead with plans to strike eugenist Alexis Carrel's name from its map.

The city's executive committee passed a motion Wednesday allowing city council to vote later this month on new names for a street and park.

That follows up on a promise to erase any trace of the Nobel Prize-winning doctor because of his alleged Nazi ties.

Chantal Rouleau, mayor of the east-end borough where the street and park are located, told the committee it intends to rename Alexis-Carrel Avenue after Italian Nobel laureate Rita Levi-Montalcini, known for her work in neurobiology.

A park bearing Carrel's name would be renamed Don-Bosco Park after an Italian saint known for his work with street kids, she added.

Quebec municipalities can vote on a name change and submit it to the province's toponymy commission for approval.

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

"Alexis Carrel was a French scientist who supported the forced sterilization programs applied by the Nazis against any human being considered 'racially inferior' or 'socially undesirable,'" Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs' Quebec branch said in a statement lauding Montreal's move. …

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