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Ellin speaks about the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII at ‘Spotlight on Speakers’ Series Oct. 20 in Toronto

October 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT

As the world prepares to mark Remembrance Day under COVID-19, Toronto author and journalist Ellin Bessner takes us back in time to the days when Canadian troops began cleaning out the remnants of Nazi Germany’s occupation forces in Europe. During the spring of 1945, the troops were met with a joyous welcome by the Dutch people. But the Canadians also came face to face with the truth about the fate of Europe’s Jewish community, as they liberated Nazi concentration camps like Vught and Westerbork, and Bergen-Belsen.

Bessner’s new book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII” tells the story of the 17, 000 Canadians of Jewish faith who served in WWII, helped defeat Hitler, and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. Jewish Canadians served in all the major battles from Dunkirk to D-Day and beyond. Ellin will speak about some of the more famous Canadians who volunteered including Wayne and Shuster, Monte Hall, hockey stars, politicians and rabbis. You’ll also hear about how Jewish military personnel experienced antisemitism at home, and on the battlefield.

Books are available for sale at all major Canadian bookstores, including Squibb’s Books in Toronto.



October 20, 2020
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
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Governor’s Hill Condos
3600-3800 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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