Ellin speaks at the Edmonton Holocaust Education Week community commemoration event Nov. 7, 2019
November 7 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Seventy-five years ago, thousands of Canadian troops stormed the beaches of Normandy and began the year long fight to liberate Europe from Hitler’s Nazis. Among the volunteers in a Canadian uniform, were 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith including many from Edmonton, who joined their comrades in arms in the trenches, in tanks, aboard planes and on ships. Among them was Rabbi Jacob Eisen, of Edmonton’s historic Beth Shalom Synagogue, who served as an RCAF Squadron Leader overseas as chaplain. Author and journalist Ellin Bessner profiles Eisen and dozens of other Alberta servicemen and women who had to overcome widespread antisemitism at home, and then on the battlefield, to help defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust. Her new book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII” tells their stories. Bessner speaks to the Edmonton Jewish community as part of the annual Kristallnacht/Holocaust Education Week community commemoration. Books will be available for signing and sale.