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June 2019

Raymond James Client Event at The National Club in Toronto

June 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5H2R1 Canada
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Freshly returned from her recent trip to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner will tell us how the remaining veterans of that Greatest Generation commemorated this important WWII anniversary on the beaches of Normandy. From meeting the Queen and world leaders and politicians, to re-enacting the jumps by paratroopers who landed behind the German lines at dawn on June 6th, 1944, the 2019 D-Day75 ceremonies were unforgettable. Bessner is the author…

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July 2019

Ellin speaks to the Naamat Ghita Segal Study Group in Montreal July 10, 2019

July 10 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
6595 Mackle Road. Apt 203 Cote St. Luc, + Google Map

Ellin says the Jewish memorial prayers at the grave of a Montreal Jewish soldier, Joe Gertel, killed in WWll in France. Freshly returned from her recent trip to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner will tell us how the remaining veterans of that Greatest Generation commemorated this important WWII anniversary on the beaches of Normandy. From meeting world leaders, to re-enacting the jumps by paratroopers who landed behind the German lines…

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August 2019

Ellin speaks about D-Day 75 at Am Shalom Synagogue in Barrie, Ontario on Aug. 22, 2019

August 22 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Am Shalom, 767 Huronia Road
Barrie,
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During WWII, tens of thousands of Canadian servicemen, including many Jewish personnel, were stationed at Camp Borden near Barrie, or passed through on their way overseas. Among them was Capt. David Monson, known as “The People’s Rabbi”, an Ottawa-born Jewish clergyman who brought oranges and kosher salamis to the Jewish men at Borden when he held weekly Jewish “Church Parades”. He didn’t discriminate if some non-Jewish soldiers wanted to attend, and they got the treats, too. Monson’s contribution to Canada’s…

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September 2019

Ellin speaks to the Don Mills B’nai Brith Lodge Sept. 11, 2019 about D-Day 75

September 11 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EDT

Freshly returned from her recent trip to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, author and journalist Ellin Bessner will tell us how the remaining veterans of that Greatest Generation commemorated this important WWII anniversary on the beaches of Normandy. From meeting the Queen and world leaders and politicians, to re-enacting the jumps by paratroopers who landed behind the lines at dawn on June 6th, 1944, the 2019 D-Day75 ceremonies were unforgettable. Bessner is the author of “Double…

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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Probus Club of Bradford-West Gwillimbury

September 18 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2490 10th Sideroad
Bradford, Ontario L3Z2A8 Canada
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For the tiny wartime Jewish community of Canada, the Second World War was what the prime minister of the day, Mackenzie King, called a “Double Threat”: he said Hitler was not only dangerous to freedom and democracy, but was a threat to the very survival of the Jewish people as a race.  And for the 17,000 Canadian Jewish soldiers who went to help fight Hitler, the war posed a great personal danger, should the Nazis capture them. York Region resident,…

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Ellin speaks at Beth David Synagogue in Toronto’s Adult Education Lunch and Learn Sept. 22, 2019

September 22 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT
Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Road
Toronto,
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Fresh from her 2019 summer D-Day 75 anniversary trip to France with Canadian Jewish veterans and military officials, author Ellin Bessner brings tales from the beaches of Normandy to Beth David synagogue's Adult Education members (in a joint event with the Brotherhood). Lunch begins 11:30 a.m. and Ellin's lively, interactive talk begins at 12.  

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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Probus Club in Whitby, Sept. 25, 2019

September 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
Westminster United Church, 1850 Rossland Road E
Whitby, Ontario Canada
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The PROBUS Club of Whitby Brooklin meets from 10:00 AM to noon, on the 4th Wednesday of every month (except December), in the auditorium of Westminster United Church, Rossland and Garrard Rds., Whitby. We have a large membership of intelligent, dynamic seniors who love to learn, and approximately 120-160 people attend our monthly meetings. https://www.whitbybrooklinprobus.com/speakers.html

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October 2019

Ellin speaks to Yiddish Vinkl on College Street October 3.

October 3 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Free Times Cafe, 320 College Street
Toronto,
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My Uncle Al, an American who lived in Pennsylvania,  never talked much about his service in the Second World War, except to tell his nephews and nieces about the  times when he spoke Yiddish to arrest some Germans and take them prisoner. Toronto's Norman Gulko also used his knowledge of Yiddish on the battlefield: once to try to flush out some Germans from a wooded area, and the second time to scream abuse at a long line of captured German…

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Ellin speaks about ‘Jewish women in the Canadian military in WWII’ to the P.A.L. Group in Toronto

October 7 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Earl Bales Community Centre, 4169 Bathurst
Toronto,
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Esther Thorley (nee Bubis) of Toronto enlisted in the Canadian Army in the Second World War after her brother Meyer was killed at Dieppe. Rose Goodman of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia enlisted in the fall of 1941, as soon as Canada allowed women to put on a uniform and serve their country in the RCAF Women's Division. In all, some 270 Canadian Jewish women served during WWII, and although they earned less than the men, had to wear skirts, no…

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Ellin speaks about D-Day75 anniversary at the North York Historical Society Oct. 16, 2019

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm EDT
North York Central Library, 5120 Yonge Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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Fresh back from her voyage to Normandy, France to mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner shares some unforgettable tales of following in the footsteps of the 14,000 Canadian soldiers who stormed the beaches on June 6, 1944. That historic invasion helped turn the tide of the Second World War, and brought it to an end eleven months later. In the process, thousands of Canadian and Allied troops lost their lives, including over 70 Canadians…

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