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Hidden Heroes: Canadian Jewish airmen who saved England in the Battle of Britain. August 14 lecture

August 14, 2020 @ 6:00 am - 7:00 am EDT


RAF museumFor the 80th anniversary of the August 1940 Luftwaffe attacks on Adler Day (Eagle Day), join journalist Ellin Bessner via ZOOM for her lecture on Hidden Heroes: Canadian Jewish Airmen in the Battle of Britain.

Bessner speaks to the Royal Air Force Museum in association with the Royal Air Forces Association, as a guest of Project Entertain. Bessner brings you the untold­­ story of the Jewish Canadians who were among “The Few”: the brave RAF pilots who fended off those deadly bombing raids during the Battle of Britain.

Bessner is the author of “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII”, published by the University of Toronto Press.

Her lively presentation will highlight these Jewish volunteers in the RAF (and also the RCAF) who served at great personal risk, should they be captured and their faith be discovered by the Nazis. They came to England for King and Country, and also to save their own people from Hitler’s Final Solution.

You will learn about Canada’s top Spitfire Ace, F/L William Henry Nelson, DFC. Ellin will show you why his name is on both the Battle of Britain Memorial in London, and at Capel-le-Ferne. Stay tuned for a surprise special guest.

Books can be purchased through Amazon UK, or for readers in Canada, through UTPress, Amazon and Chapters. Readers who live in the Toronto area can buy signed copies directly from the author, by arrangement. Contact Ellin here.

If you would like the ZOOM link, please email Ellin. Do likewise, if you would like to sign up for Ellin’s monthly newsletter.


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