Ellin brings “Double Threat” to Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Belleville, Ontario April 7, 10 a.m.
April 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
There is a strong connection with Belleville’s Jewish community and WWII, not only because the local Jews welcomed the Jewish personnel who were stationed at CFB Trenton, and nearby bases for services and home hospitality, but also for tragic reasons, with the death of Pilot Officer Tommy Marshall, the brother of Senator Jack Marshall from Nfld. Tommy was killed in a training accident there. Also, Canadian literary icon Farley Mowat, who was born in Belleville, wrote about the heroism and tragic death of his Jewish army doctor, Capt. Charlie Krakauer in “And No Birds Sang”: both men were fighting in Italy with the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, the Hasty Ps. Picton and Mountain View, as well as Trenton, saw thousands of RCAF personnel train during the war, including many of the nearly 6,000 Canadian Jews who served in the RCAF, as well as Jews from Commonwealth countries who were here training with the BCATP Program. Picton was 31 Bombing and Gunnery School, while Mountain View was also a B and G school. Belleville had an Initial Training School #5, in the provincial school for the deaf.