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May 2021

Ellin speaks to Orillia’s Lake Country Probus on May 17 about the Liberation of Holland and the end of the Second World War

May 17 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
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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 such as Tilburg, to tracking down relatives of prisoners at the newly liberated Bergen-Belsen Nazi death camp…

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Ellin speaks in Aurora May 26 about the Liberation of Holland in WWII and the Canadian Jewish fighters who were there

May 26 @ 7:00 pm EDT
Aurora Historical Society, 15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G1N8 Canada
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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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October 2021

Ellin brings the story of Canada’s Hidden WW2 Jewish Heroines to the Lindsay Women’s Probus Club Oct. 26

October 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
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Just ahead of Remembrance Day, join Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner on October 26, 2021 for a “Zoom” talk on The Untold Story of Canadian Jewish Women who helped win the Second World War. As a guest of the Lindsay, Ontario's Women's Probus Club, Bessner will take a fascinating look at the Canadian Jewish heroines, both at home and at the front, who helped Canada win WWII, but whose contributions to history have never been properly recognized. “Meet” Bessner’s…

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November 2021

Ellin speaks to the Richmond Hill Speakers Series Nov. 4, 2021 at the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre, 10268 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada
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As the world commemorates the 76th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and Holocaust Education Week, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner says we still have work to do to fight the rise of antisemitism in our time.  Bessner is the author of “Double Threat”, published by the University of Toronto Press, about the contribution of Canada’s tiny wartime Jewish community to defeating the Nazis. When the prime minister of the day, Mackenzie King, called the Second…

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Canada’s Hidden Heroines: the Jewish women who helped win the Second World War at home and in uniform

November 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EST

Coinciding with Remembrance Week, author and journalist Ellin Bessner speaks to the University Women's Club of Toronto on Nov. 15, 2021 for a “Zoom” talk on The Untold Story of Canadian Jewish Women who helped win the Second World War. Bessner is the author of Bessner is the author of “Double Threat”, published by the University of Toronto Press, about the contribution of Canada’s tiny wartime Jewish community to defeating the Nazis.will take a fascinating look at the Canadian Jewish…

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