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February 2020

Ellin speaks to the Canadian Club at Century Village East about the end of WWII and Liberation of Holland and Bergen Belsen

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Le Club, Activities Room A, 3501 WEST DRIVE
Century VIllage East, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 United States
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Ellin speaks at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida: Tuesday Feb. 25, 2020

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
B’nai Torah Synagogue, 6261 SW 18th St.
Boca Raton, FL 33433 United States
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"He wanted to take them all: How Canadian soldiers in WWII Rescued the Survivors of the Holocaust" As Canada, and indeed the world, marked the Liberation of Holland and V-E Day in the spring of 1945, thousands of Canadian military personnel were still hard at work overseas, but some, in particular those of Jewish faith, had a new, humanitarian mission: rescuing the survivors of the Hitler's Final Solution. From helping to restore Jewish places of worship in freed Dutch cities…

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March 2020

Ellin speaks at the Lodzer Congregation + the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research Toronto branch March 4, 2020

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Lodzer Centre, 12 Heaton
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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On the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the Liberation of Holland and other parts of occupied Europe, Ellin Bessner will share stories of how Canada’s fighting Jewish men in uniform acted with great compassion to rescue the survivors as the soldiers came face to face with the truth about the horrors of the Final Solution

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Ellin speaks about the Liberation of Holland and the end of WWII at a Jewish women’s club March 22, 2020

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
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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 from the defeated German guards. Journalist and author Ellin Bessner's book…

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The RCAF’s secret weapon in WWII: 6,000 Jewish personnel. Ellin speaks to the Air Crew Association of Ont. March 28, 2020

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT
Canadian Forces College Officers’ Mess, 215 Yonge Boulevard
Toronto, Ont. M5M 3H9 Canada
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As the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the liberation of Europe and Asia from the Nazi-Axis forces, author and journalist Ellin Bessner visits the Air Crew Association of Ontario meeting in Toronto, to share a little known fact about how the Allied air force helped win the war. Among the Canadians who volunteered, were 6,000 Jewish personnel who served in the RCAF and RAF. They served at great personal risk, should they…

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Ellin brings the story of Canada’s fighting WWII Jewish soldiers to Sarnia on Tuesday March 31, 2020

March 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Sarnia Kiwanis, 180 College Avenue North
Sarnia, Ontario Canada

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 from the defeated German guards. As the world prepares to mark…

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Ellin speaks to Sarnia Central Forum March 31, 2020 about WWII and Canada’s fighting Jewish soldiers who were there

March 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Central Forum Sarnia @ St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 770 Lakeshore Road
Sarnia, Ontario Canada
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As the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, Ellin Bessner will introduce you to some of the Canadians of Jewish faith who were among the liberators. 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…

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April 2020

Ellin speaks about the Liberation of Holland and the Holocaust at the Swan Lake Probus Club in Markham, April 8, 2020

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
The Swan Club, 100 Lakesidevista Way
Markham, Ontario L6E0B6 Canada
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When most people think about Jews and the Second World War, they think about the victims of the Holocaust. But now a new book by Canadian journalist Ellin Bessner tells the untold story of how and why more than 17,000 Canadian Jews put on a uniform and served in the war, as the liberators. And how Canada’s tiny Jewish community mobilized men, money, and equipment to win the war. These soldiers, airmen and sailers faced widespread anti-Semitism at home, and…

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The 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Holland and the end of WWII: Ellin speaks at the Scugog Museum

April 26 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Scucog Shores Museum, 16210 Island Rd
Port Perry, Ontario Canada
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As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings her new book “Double Threat” to the Scugog Shores Museum Village and Archives. As Canada, and indeed the world, marked the end of the fighting in the spring of 1945, hundreds of Canadian airmen and soldiers were still hard at work overseas with a new humanitarian mission: rescuing the survivors of the Holocaust,  including in Germany at the site of the notorious Nazi death camp Bergen-Belsen.

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Ellin speaks about the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII at ‘Spotlight on Speakers’ Series April 30 in Toronto

April 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EDT
Governor’s Hill Condos, 3600-3800 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada

As the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, Toronto author and journalist Ellin Bessner takes us back in time to the days when Canadian troops began cleaning out the remnants of Nazi Germany’s occupation forces across Europe. During the spring of 1945, the troops were met with a joyous welcome 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 Nazi concentration camps like Vught and Westerbork, and also, the notorious Bergen-Belsen.

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