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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.  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 at 232 King St.…

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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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May 2019

Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to Halifax for Holocaust Remembrance Day 2019 at Pier 21

May 1 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm ADT
Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Rd,
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4P7 Canada
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Yom HaShoah is a worldwide day of Holocaust Remembrance. In Israel, it is the official Holocaust memorial day, taking place each year on the Hebrew calendar date, 27 Nisan. This year, Yom HaShoah will include the traditional lighting of candles, a poetic reading by the Atlantic Jewish Council Executive Director Naomi Rosenfeld, and a lecture and reading from Ellin Bessner, author of Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II. A reception and book-signing will follow. This event is presented in partnership with the Atlantic Jewish Council. Reserve your seat here to confirm your attendance: https://yomhashoah2019.eventbrite.ca

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to Moncton for the community wide Yom HaShoah Ceremony May 2

May 2 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Tiferes Israel Synagogue, 56 Steadman Street
Moncton, New Brunswick E1C8L9 Canada
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The annual event is held at the Tiferes Israel Synagogue. Title of Ellin's speech: A Score to Settle with Hitler. Located in downtown Moncton and home to over 90 families, Congregation Tiferes Israel is a Modern Orthodox synagogue with a diverse membership. The synagogue houses a kosher kitchen, a mikvah, a library and a non-denominational preschool.

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to Sydney, Nova Scotia for Yom HaShoah community-wide commemoration Sunday May 5

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm EDT
Temple Sons of Israel Synagogue, 55 Whitney Avenue
Sydney, Cape Breton B1P4Z7 Canada
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Ellin will join the Jewish community of Cape Breton and the wider local community in observing the annual Yom HaShoah Holocaust Remembrance Day. Event begins at 2 p.m. at the Temple Sons of Israel Synagogue. "He wanted to save them all": The untold story of how Canada's Jewish soldiers helped defeat Hitler in WWII and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust. Ellin Bessner will bring the story of "Double Threat" to Sydney for Yom HaShoah 2019. Her new book is about the…

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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Probus Club of Aurora for V-E Day May 8, 2019.

May 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Royal Canadian Legion Aurora, 105 Industrial Parkway North
Aurora, Ontario L4H3H1 Canada
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Ellin speaks May 14 at the inaugural Untold: Adult Lecture Series, Prosserman Jewish Community Centre, Toronto

May 14 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
Prosserman Jewish Community Centre, 4588 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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"A Score to Settle with Hitler": How Canada's 17,000 Jewish fighters helped win WWII, defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust 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…

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Ellin speaks at Jewish Foundation UJA Book of Life gala May 14 at Beth Tzedec synagogue

May 14 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Beth Tzedec Synagogue, 1700 Bathurst Street
Toronto, Ontario M5P3K3 Canada
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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Idea Exchange in Cambridge, Ontario Thursday May 16, 2018

May 16 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm EDT
Old Post Office, 12 Water Street South
Cambridge, Ontario N1R3C5
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As world leaders prepare to gather in Normandy for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in a few weeks, author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings the story of Canada's 17,000 Canadian Jewish fighters who helped win the Second World War, defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust. They faced a "double threat" because of their religion, not only should they be captured by the Nazis, but also because of the wide spread anti Semitism they encountered at home in…

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