Montreal Mayor promises to rename ‘Nazi’ sites

Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre promised that public places named for a French Nazi sympathizer, will be changed soon.

Shoshana Miskin ,


Montreal Mayor Denis Coderre pledges to rename a street and a park that honor a Nazi sympathizer who won the Nobel Prize for medicine in 1912.

Alexis Carrel, a pioneering research scientist, surgeon and biologist from France faced criticism toward the end of his life over his involvement with the Nazis. He died in 1944.

Mayor Coderre announced the decision of his executive committee after Quebec legislator David Birnbaum called on the province’s municipalities to remove street signs or other spaces bearing Carrel’s name before Holocaust Memorial Day on May 4.

Birnbaum says Carrel was “a proponent of eugenics and a supporter of the collaborationist Vichy regime in wartime France.”

Quebec's Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs has also pushed for Carrel's name to be removed from public spaces in the province.

Two other Quebec municipalities, Châteauguay and Boisbriand, have streets named for Carrel.