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The Riot at Christie Pits

Category: Book
By (author): Levitt, Cyril
By (author): Shaffir, William
Subject:  FICTION / Graphic Novels
  HISTORY / Canada / General
  HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  HISTORY / Jewish
  HISTORY / Social History
Audience: college/higher education
Publisher: University of Toronto Press, Scholarly Publishing Division
Published: February 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in x 0.75in
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From The Publisher*

Ethnic tensions had been rising in Toronto throughout the hot summer of 1933. Hitler had recently come to power in Germany and some residents of the eastern beaches neighbourhood had formed "Swastika Clubs" to protect their community from "undesirable elements."

On August 16, at Toronto's Christie Pits, a baseball game between two local teams - one made up of Jewish players - ignited the simmering resentments. Some troublemakers unfurled a huge swastika flag, shouting, "Heil Hitler!" Retaliation from Jewish spectators and players was swift and reinforcements for both sides poured into the park. The result - never experienced in Toronto before or since - was a four-hour race riot.

The riot at Christie Pits remains a disturbing, even legendary part of the city's history. Authors Cyril Levitt and William Shaffir, carefully sifting fact from fiction, provide a compelling perspective on how ordinary Canadians reacted to the intensifying antisemitism in Europe.

From The Publisher*

Authors Cyril Levitt and William Shaffir, carefully sifting fact from fiction, provide a compelling perspective on how ordinary Canadians reacted to the intensifying antisemitism in Europe.

From The Publisher*Ethnic tensions had been rising in Toronto throughout the hot summer of 1933. Hitler had recently come to power and residents of the exclusive eastern beaches had formed the "Swastika Club" to protect their neighbourhood from "undesirable elements." On August 16, at Toronto's Christie Pits, a baseball game between two local teams- one with mainly Jewish players- ignited the simmering resentments. Some spectators unfurled a huge swastika flag, shouting, "Heil Hitler!"

Retaliation from Jewish spectators and players was swift and reinforcements for both sides poured into the park.The result- never experienced in Toronto before or since- was a four-hour race riot. The riot at Christie Pits remains a disturbing, even legendary part of the city's history. Authors Cyril Levitt and William Shaffir, carefully sifting fact from fiction, provide a compelling perspective on how ordinary Canadians reacted to the coming of Fascism in Europe. A CANADIAN JEWISH ESSENTIAL.
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Biographical NoteCyril Levitt and William Shaffir are professors in the Department of Sociology at McMaster University.