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The Canadians who Liberated Nazi Death Camps in WWII

February 3, 2023 @ 2:00 pm

“They Wanted to Save Them All”: As the world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Jan. 27, Ellin makes a guest appearance on WW2TV hosted by Paul Woodage. She’ll share the powerful story of the Canadian troops who liberated Europe and then discovered the truth about the fate of Europe’s Jews.

From Pte. Jack Marcovitch of the Regiment de la Chaudiere who liberated Kamp Vught in Holland, and later arrested the “Beast of Belsen” in April 1945, to RCAF rigger Bernard Delson, who documented the mass graves at the Bergen-Belsen death camp with his camera – Canadian troops were eyewitnesses to the horrors of the Holocaust.

At least a thousand Canadians pitched in at Belsen to help the survivors, including commandeering army issue supplies, tracking down relatives abroad, and later, taking the orphans on picnics.

Some veterans were so traumatized by their encounters with Hitler’s Final Solution, they never spoke about what they had seen.

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

She’ll join WW2TV live on Friday Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time, with special guest Robert Delson, son of veteran Bernard Delson.

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