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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, 2021 @ 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

Leaside Speaker Series

November 2, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT

For Remembrance Week 2021, Ellin brings the story of Canada's 17,000 Jewish fighters to the Leaside Speakers Series. A presentation suited to the Remembrance Day period will be the second to last program in our virtual series. On Tuesday afternoon, November 2, author and journalist Ellin Bessner will be presenting a richly illustrated program based on her book Double Threat: Canadian Jews, The Military, and World War Two. Bessner conducted hundreds of interviews and extensive archival research to paint a complex picture…

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

November 4, 2021 @ 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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Beth Avraham Yoseph of Toronto marks Remembrance Day and Kristallnacht anniversary with Ellin Bessner

November 7, 2021 @ 4:00 pm EST

Via Zoom. Just ahead of Remembrance Day 2021, and the 83rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings the story of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who fought Hitler, won the Second World War and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. Bessner is the host of The CJN Daily Podcast for The Canadian Jewish News, and the author of "Double Threat" by the University of Toronto Press. Her book paints a nuanced picture of Canada's Jewish…

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Ellin speaks to the Bradford Probus Club about Remembrance Day and the Holocaust

November 9, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST

VIA ZOOM. 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 fight Hitler, the war posed a great personal danger, should the Nazis capture them and discover…

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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, 2021 @ 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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Ellin Speaks to the Escarpment Probus Club in Milton

November 17, 2021 @ 10:00 am EST

As the world commemorates Remembrance Day and also Holocaust Education Week, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner comes to the Escarpment Probus Club Nov. 17 to share a little-known story of the 17,000 Canadian soldiers of Jewish faith who fought Hitler in the Second World War and rescued the survivors of the Nazi’s Final Solution. Bessner is the author of “Double Threat”, published by the University of Toronto Press (2019), about the contribution of Canada’s tiny wartime Jewish community to defeating…

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Ellin speaks to the Burlington Probus Club about Remembrance Day and the Holocaust Nov. 18, 2021

November 18, 2021 @ 10:00 am EST

As the world commemorates Remembrance Day and also Holocaust Education Week, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner comes to the Burlington Probus Club on Nov. 18 via ZOOM to share a little-known story of the 17,000 Canadian soldiers of Jewish faith who fought Hitler in the Second World War and rescued the survivors of the Nazi’s Final Solution. Bessner is the author of “Double Threat”, published by the University of Toronto Press, about the contribution of Canada’s tiny wartime Jewish community…

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Ellin speaks at the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum’s virtual speaker’s series

November 18, 2021 @ 6:00 pm EST

Sterlin Castle: The Story behind RCR Lt. Mitch Sterlin's Gallantry in Italy in WWll

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January 2022

Ellin speaks to the National Council of Jewish Women Chai Branch

January 17 @ 7:30 pm EST

Ahead of Jan. 27 the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Ellin speaks to the NCJW Chai Branch in Toronto about the liberation of Auschwitz and other camps, and the role played by the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who served in the Second War.

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