VIDEO: Keeping Kosher and Dad’s Cookies

One of the challenges facing Canadian Jewish servicemen and women during the Second World War was trying to keep kosher, or eat according to the dietary laws of their religion. There were no provisions made for special menus for observant Jewish personnel. Harry Kaushansky of Montreal served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. He grew up in a home where his mother served only kosher food. Kaushansky tells “Double Threat” author and journalist Ellin Bessner what he ate, and didn’t eat, when he turned up for basic training in 1941 at an army base south of Montreal.

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