6 2019

The Riot at Christie Pits

7:30PM - 9:30PM  

Beth Tikvah Synagogue 3080 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, ON M2N 5L3
416 221 3433


The riot at Christie Pits,  directed by Peter Williamson; narration written by Siobhan   Flanagan ; a Breakthrough Films & Television Production in association with The CanWest Global System. 1996, 60 min.


Explores the roots of racism in Canada, focusing on the riot which occurred in Toronto in the summer of 1933. Using eye-witness accounts, dramatization and archival film, shows how the widespread intolerance of the white British majority toward immigrants of any kind, and particularly Jews, combined with the desperate economic hardships of the Great Depression to ignite a riot of violent antisemitism. At the end of a softball game at Christie Pits between Jewish and Gentile teams, a swastika flag and shouts of "Heil Hitler" began an eight-hour rampage eventually involving a mob of 10,000.