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December 2018

Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21 in Halifax May 1, 2019

December 5, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Just a few days before V-E Day, on the anniversary of the end of the Second World War in Europe in 1945, Canadian journalist and author Ellin Bessner shares the stories of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who served in the Canadian military in WWII, helped defeat Hitler, and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. They served at great personal risk, should their identities be discovered by the Nazis, and they had to overcome widespread antisemitism at home, in…

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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to Adath Israel Lunch and Learn in Toronto Dec. 13

December 13, 2018 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EST
Adath Israel Congregation, 37 Southbourne Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M3H1A4 Canada
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Jewish soldier and baby

Not only were they fighting for King and Country, but they were also fighting as Jews to liberate their European relatives from Hitler’s Final Solution. Hear how they kept their faith in the barracks and on the battlefield and how they dealt with anti-Semitism at home and abroad.

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January 2019

How Jewish jewellers in uniform helped defeat Hitler and win WWII: an interactive lecture for the Canadian Jewellers 24K Club

January 15 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm EST
Albany Club, 91 King Street East
Toronto,
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How Jewish jewellers in uniform helped defeat Hitler and win WWII: an interactive lecture for the Canadian 24K Club.

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Ellin and Holocaust Survivor Max Eisen speak at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto

January 15 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Canadian Forces College Armour Heights Officers Mess, 215 Yonge Blvd.
Toronto, Ontario M5M3H9 Canada

On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day,  author and journalist Ellin Bessner will bring the story of the Canadian Jewish military personnel who fought for Canada in WWII, helped defeat Hitler and, rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. These 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith were serving not only for King and Country, but also on a sacred mission to try to stop the Holocaust and save the Jewish people of Europe. Sadly, they arrived too late, for the most…

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Ellin speaks to the veterans at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto Thursday Jan. 31, 2019

January 31 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
Sunnybrook Hospital Veterans Wing, 2075 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4N3N5 Canada
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Join Ellin at 3:30 p.m. for a lively, interactive session as she shares the untold stories of some of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who put on a uniform, helped defeat Hitler and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust, especially the current and former residents of Sunnybrook. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event.

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February 2019

Ellin Speaks to National Council of Jewish Women Thornhill branch Feb. 6, 2019

February 6 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST

Private event. 7:30 p.m.

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to the University of Toronto Lecture Series in Oakville Feb. 25, 2019.

February 25 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
The Oakville Club, 56 Water Street
Oakville, Ontario Canada
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The University of Toronto Lecture Series features leading scholars, thinkers and experts who address an eclectic range of topics in an accessible one-hour format. Come hear their thoughtful insights, critical analyses and provocative ideas. A brief question and answer period follows each presentation. The series is offered online, and in Markham, Oakville and at the University of Toronto St. George campus. In-class students at all venues get free access to the St. George lectures online.

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to the University of Toronto Lecture Series at St. George Campus Feb. 27, 2019 @ 1 p.m.

February 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm EST
Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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The University Lecture Series features leading scholars, thinkers and experts who address an eclectic range of topics in an accessible one-hour format. Come hear their thoughtful insights, critical analyses and provocative ideas. A brief question and answer period follows each presentation. The series is offered online, and in Markham, Oakville and at the University of Toronto St. George campus. In-class students at all venues get free access to the St George lectures online.

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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to the University of Toronto Lecture Series in Markham Thursday Feb. 28, 2019 at 12:30 pm

February 28 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EST
Markham Civic Centre, 101 Town Centre Boulevard,
Markham, Ontario L3R 9W3 Canada
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The University Lecture Series features leading scholars, thinkers and experts who address an eclectic range of topics in an accessible one-hour format. Come hear their thoughtful insights, critical analyses and provocative ideas. A brief question and answer period follows each presentation. The series is offered online, and in Markham, Oakville and at the University of Toronto St. George campus. In-class students at all venues get free access to the St. George lectures online.

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March 2019

Ellin speaks at CFB Borden on March 21 for the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

March 21 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT
CFB Borden, 32 Caen Cir
Borden, Ontario L0M1C0 Canada
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Ellin Bessner, the author of "Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII" will be a guest speaker at the CFB Borden as part of the annual IDERD (International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination) activities across the system. During WWII, tens of thousands of Canadian servicemen, including many Jewish personnel, were stationed at Camp Borden 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…

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