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October 2019

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

October 16, 2019 @ 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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November 2019

Ellin speaks at the Edmonton Holocaust Education Week Kristallnacht commemoration Nov. 7, 2019

November 7, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Beth Shalom Synagogue, 11916 Jasper Avenue
Edmonton, Alberta T5K0N9 Canada
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Edmonton's Jewish community is about to mark a solemn anniversary:  the 81st anniversary of "Kristallnacht", the Nazis' "Night of Broken Glass" that took place on November 9, 1938. Kristallnacht heralded the beginning of the Holocaust that killed six million Jews  during World War II.  Kristallnacht also comes just before Remembrance Day, when the world commemorates the Canadian soldiers who put on a uniform but didn't come back from war. Now a new book by journalist Ellin Bessner shows how those…

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Ellin speaks to the United Jewish Peoples’ Order about the soldiers from Canada’s Jewish Left who fought against Hitler in WWII

November 8, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Winchevsky Centre, 585 Cranbrooke Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M6A2X9 Canada
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Grave of Muni Erlich, high profile Canadian Jewish communist leader from Montreal, killed during WWII in Normandy, in late August, 1944. (Ellin Bessner photo) The Jewish Left in Canada and WWll: From Outlaws Behind Bars to the Front Lines. While Canada's 17,000 Jewish fighters who served in the Second World War faced great personal risk should they be captured by the Nazis and identified as Jewish, a small group from Canada's labour movement and the Left first had to fight…

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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Men’s Probus Club of Lindsay, Ontario for Nov. 12, 2019

November 12, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Masonic Lodge Lindsay, 10 Rideout Street
Lindsay, Ontario K9V2A9 Canada
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As the world prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, and the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner says it is important to remember the victims, but also the liberators: the Canadian soldiers, airmen and sailors who volunteered to put on a uniform, and go overseas to fight to defeat Hitler, and rescue the Jews of Europe from the Holocaust. About 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith were among those…

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Ellin brings the story of Canada’s Jewish WWII fighters to Peterborough for Remembrance Day 2019

November 12, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
JCC Peterborough, 775 Weller Street
Peterborough, Ontario K9J6Y7 Canada
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As the world prepares to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz,  Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner says it is important to remember the victims, but also the liberators: the Canadian soldiers, airmen and sailors who volunteered to put on a uniform, and go overseas to fight to defeat Hitler, and rescue the Jews of Europe from the Holocaust. About 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith were among those who helped their comrades win WWII, as Bessner writes…

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‘A score to settle with Hitler’: Ellin brings the story of Canada’s 17,000 Jewish WWII servicemen to the Royal Canadian Military Institute

November 13, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm EST
Royal Canadian Military Institute, 426 University Avenue
Toronto,
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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 tiny Jewish community mobilized men, money, and equipment to win the war.

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Ellin speaks to Rose Reisman’s monthly lecture series ‘Rosebuds’ in Toronto, on Monday Nov. 18, 2019

November 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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Although the Second World War was a man’s war, and 17,000 Canadian Jewish men served, a tiny but important group of 270 Canadian Jewish women dared to overcome their family and community’s disapproval, the lower pay, and sexual harassment, and joined the Canadian forces after 1941. That is when the government allowed women to enlist. They served in many jobs at home, and behind the front lines, overseas.

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Ellin speaks to the Untold Lecture series at the Schwartz Reisman Centre Wednesday Nov. 21, 2019

November 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Schwartz Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst Street
Vaughan, Ontario L6A3Z8 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 the OPP General Headquarters in Orillia, Ontario for Holocaust Remembrance Month

November 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
OPP Headquarters Orillia, + Google Map

A lunchtime interactive presentation for the Ontario Provincial Police on the Jewish men and women who overcame antisemitism at home, and on the battlefield, to defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust in WWII.  Ellin Bessner is the author of "Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and WWII" which tells the untold Canadian story of the Jewish soldiers, airmen and sailors who served in the Second World War, despite great personal risk should they be captured by the…

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Ellin speaks to First Narayever Congregation in Toronto Nov. 23, 2019

November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
First Narayver Synagogue, 187 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S2M4 Canada
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