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January 2019

Ellin speaks to the veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto Thursday Jan. 31, 2019

January 31 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Wing, 2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4N3N5 Canada
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Join Ellin at 3:30 p.m. for a lively, interactive session as she shares the untold stories of some of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who put on a uniform, helped defeat Hitler and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust, especially the current and former residents of Sunnybrook. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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February 2019

Ellin Speaks to National Council of Jewish Women Thornhill branch Feb. 6, 2019

February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Private event. 7:30 p.m.

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to the University of Toronto Lecture Series in Oakville Feb. 25, 2019.

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
The Oakville Club, 56 Water Street
Oakville, Ontario Canada
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The University of Toronto Lecture Series features leading scholars, thinkers and experts who address an eclectic range of topics in an accessible one-hour format. Come hear their thoughtful insights, critical analyses and provocative ideas. A brief question and answer period follows each presentation. The series is offered online, and in Markham, Oakville and at the University of Toronto St. George campus. In-class students at all venues get free access to the St. George lectures online.

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to the University of Toronto Lecture Series at St. George Campus Feb. 27, 2019 @ 1 p.m.

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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The University Lecture Series features leading scholars, thinkers and experts who address an eclectic range of topics in an accessible one-hour format. Come hear their thoughtful insights, critical analyses and provocative ideas. A brief question and answer period follows each presentation. The series is offered online, and in Markham, Oakville and at the University of Toronto St. George campus. In-class students at all venues get free access to the St George lectures online.

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to the University of Toronto Lecture Series in Markham Thursday Feb. 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard,
Markham, Ontario L3R 9W3 Canada
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The University Lecture Series features leading scholars, thinkers and experts who address an eclectic range of topics in an accessible one-hour format. Come hear their thoughtful insights, critical analyses and provocative ideas. A brief question and answer period follows each presentation. The series is offered online, and in Markham, Oakville and at the University of Toronto St. George campus. In-class students at all venues get free access to the St. George lectures online.

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March 2019

Ellin speaks at the St. Lawrence Supper Club in Toronto March 25, 2019

March 25 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Hot House Restaurant, 35 Church Street
Toronto, Ontario aM5E1T3 Canada
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April 2019

Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies in Waterloo

April 3 @ 12:00 am EDT

As part of the for the 2018-2019 academic year, Ellin joins the roster of historians for Wilfred Laurier University's Military History Speaker Series.  Details to follow TBA. The Laurier Military History Speaker Series has been running for twenty-five years and is part our mandate to make the latest scholarship in Canadian military history available to the public in an accessible format. The Series runs each Fall and Winter, featuring a total of six historians throughout the calendar year. Events are hosted…

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to Sons of Jacob Synagogue in Belleville, Ontario April 7, 10 a.m.

April 7 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Sons of Jacob Synagogue, 211 Victoria Avenue
Belleville, Ontario K2N2C2 Canada
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There is a strong connection with Belleville's Jewish community and WWII, not only because the local Jews welcomed the Jewish personnel who were stationed at CFB Trenton, and nearby bases for services and home hospitality, but also for tragic reasons, with the death of Pilot Officer Tommy Marshall, the brother of Senator Jack Marshall from Nfld.

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Ellin speaks at the Richmond Hill Historical Society April 15, 2019 7:30 p.m.

April 15 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Richmond Hill Presbyterian Church, Wallace Hall, 10066 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, ON L4C 1T8 Canada
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Richmond Hill resident and author/journalist Ellin Bessner brings the untold stories of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish Faith who served in the Second World War. They faced a "double threat" as Mackenzie King told them: not only were they fighting for King and Country, but also for the survival of the Jewish People in the face of Hitler's Final Solution. And they themselves faced great personal danger, should they be captured by the Nazis, and their own Jewish identity be…

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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Thornhill Masonic Temple, April 24, 2019.

April 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Thornhill Masonic Temple, 30 Elgin
Thornhill, ON Canada
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During the Second World War, the head of Canadian Jewish Congress, Samuel Bronfman, set up a War Efforts Committee which oversaw efforts by the country's small Jewish minority to throw itself wholeheartedly into the war effort. The aim was to defeat Hitler, and rescue the Jews of Europe. But also, to show loyalty to Canada. Not only was Bronfman an industrialist, and head of Seagram's distillers, but he was also a Mason. Under Bronfman's leadership, more than 17,000 Canadian Jewish…

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