Ellin speaks at the Lodzer Congregation + the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research Toronto branch March 4, 2020
March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
When a young Canadian soldier from Montreal liberated Kamp Vught, a Nazi concentration camp in Holland in the fall of 1944, he discovered rooms full of confiscated Jewish religious artifacts. These had been left behind when the Dutch Jews were transported to death camps in Poland. Private Jacob Marcovitch asked his superior officer if he could take the prayer shawls and prayer books with him, when the regiment was moving elsewhere to fight the Nazis. “He wanted to save them all,” the man’s son told Ellin Bessner for her new book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII”. On the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the Liberation of Holland and other parts of occupied Europe, Ellin will share stories of how Canada’s 17,000 fighting Jewish personnel acted with great compassion to rescue the survivors, as the soldiers came face to face with the truth about the horrors of the Final Solution. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.