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How Canada’s Jewish women helped win the Second World War, at home and at the front

August 6, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

Women in WWII posterEllin speaks at a live event for the Virtual JCC on Thursday August 6, 2020 at 8 p.m.

Ellin is the author of “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII”. She is the great-niece of Cpl. Daisy Lazare, one of the first Canadian women to become a Military Police Officer in WWII.

While Bessner will focus on the 280 Jewish women who served in the military, professor Jennifer Shaw Lander of the University of Western Ontario will explore the stories of civilian women who developed ground-breaking programs at home to support the troops and their families.

This neglected history illuminates not only the status of women in Canada but also the challenges which all Jews faced during this time and how Canadian Jewish identity was shaped by this war-time experience.

Both scholars did extensive research at the Ontario Jewish Archives and they will highlight these records in their talk. The conversation will be moderated by Caryn Lieberman, Senior Broadcast Journalist with Global News.

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