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November 2019

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

November 12 @ 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 @ 6:30 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 @ 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 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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Staff Sergeant Miriam "Mimi" Freedman, born in Montreal, served overseas in London, France, Belgium and Germany during WWII. (Courtesy Ruth Elias) Section Officer Rose J. Goodman, of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia. (Courtesy Claresholm Museum) Rabbi Sam Cass leads a group of Canadian Jewish military personnel during a Passover seder in Germany, in March 1945. (Courtesy Alex Dworkin Canadian Jewish Archives) (courtesy City of Cote Saint-Luc) Pvt. Bert Smits, dressed as Miss Toronto, wins "Queen Esthere" contest at the Montreal Jewish…

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

November 21 @ 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 @ 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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March 2020

Ellin speaks about the Liberation of Holland and the end of WWII at a Jewish women’s club March 22, 2019

March 22, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Private Toronto, + Google Map

When the Canadian troops began cleaning out the remnants of Nazi Germany's occupation forces across Holland in the spring and summer of 1945, they were met with joyous welcomes by the Dutch people who had endured starvation and brutality under Hitler's forces. But the Canadians also came face to face with the truth about the fate of Europe's Jewish community, as they liberated concentration camps and Nazi death camps from the defeated German guards. Journalist and author Ellin Bessner's book…

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April 2020

Ellin speaks about the Liberation of Holland and the Holocaust at the Swan Lake Probus Club in Markham, April 8, 2020

April 8, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
The Swan Club, 100 Lakesidevista Way
Markham, Ontario L6E0B6 Canada
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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. These soldiers, airmen and sailers faced widespread anti-Semitism at home, and…

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May 2020

Ellin speaks to the NCJW Orah branch May 19 about the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII and the Liberation of Bergen-Belsen

May 19, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT

When the Canadian troops began cleaning out the remnants of Nazi Germany’s occupation forces across Holland in the spring and summer of 1945, they were met with joyous welcomes by the Dutch people who had endured starvation and brutality under Hitler’s forces. But the Canadians also came face to face with the truth about the fate of Europe’s Jewish community, as they liberated concentration camps and Nazi death camps from the defeated German guards. Journalist and author Ellin Bessner’s book “Double…

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June 2020

Ellin speaks in Aurora June 24 about the Liberation of Holland in WWII and the Canadian Jewish fighters who were there

June 24, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Aurora Historical Society, 15372 Yonge Street
Aurora, Ontario L4G1N8 Canada
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When the Canadian troops began cleaning out the remnants of Nazi Germany's occupation forces across Holland in the spring and summer of 1945, they were met with joyous welcomes by the Dutch people who had endured starvation and brutality under Hitler's forces. But the Canadians also came face to face with the truth about the fate of Europe's Jewish community, as they liberated concentration camps and Nazi death camps from the defeated German guards. Journalist and author Ellin Bessner's book…

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