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The Liberation of Holland and the end of WWll: Ellin speaks to the National Association of Federal Retirees, Peel/Halton branch

April 29, 2021 @ 10:30 am 11:30 am EDT

When the Canadian troops began cleaning out the remnants of Nazi Germany’s occupation forces across Holland in the spring and summer of 1945, they were met with joyous welcomes by the Dutch people who had endured starvation and brutality under Hitler’s forces. But the Canadians also came face to face with the truth about the fate of Europe’s Jewish community, as they liberated concentration camps and Nazi death camps.

Journalist and author Ellin Bessner’s book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII”, published by the University of Toronto Press, tells the story of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who served in WWII, helped defeat Hitler, and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. As the world marks the 76th anniversary of the end of WWII, Bessner will introduce you to some of the Canadians of Jewish faith who were among the liberators, not the victims of this war.

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