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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to Temple Sinai Congregation in Toronto on Tuesday Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m.
October 30 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
In the lead up to Remembrance Day, Ellin will speak at Temple Sinai synagogue in Toronto, including to their senior high school students. Bessner’s new book “Double Threat” tells the story of the 17,000 Canadian Jewish men and women who served in WW2, and many were about the same age as Canadian students are now: 16 or 17, turning 18, and about to graduate. When the Second World War broke out in the fall of 1939, Jewish teens and young adults across the country answered a great challenge that needs to be recognized by young people today. That generation of WWII Jewish fighters chose to interrupt their studies and put on a uniform, either as a volunteer, or as a conscript when the government’s call up notices arrived at their house. If they had quit school early to go to work, they had to give up a paid job for $1.30 a day army wages.
Imagine the conversations that these young Canadians had with their friends and classmates, with their worried families and with their coworkers: was it their duty to defend their country and their King? Could they help save Europe’s Jews from Hitler’s Final Solution? Should they reveal their religion when they signed up? How could they keep kosher while in the army?