From Germany to Israel: The Canadian Jews who served their people twice. Many Jewish-Canadian servicemen who enlisted to fight in WW2 later fought in Israel’s War of Independence.For the Canadians who served in the Second World War there were many motivations. Some signed up out of a sense of patriotism, others out of a desire for adventure, and others still for a means of steady income near the end of the Great Depression. But Jewish Canadians had different motivations. As the recruiting officer who interviewed Joe Gertel, a 21-year-old enlistee from Montreal, wrote: “He was merely anxious to get into the front line and settle a score which he felt that he, as a Jew, should be allowed to settle.” Jewish soldiers throughout the European theater of war had similar experiences which infused in them a sense of purpose.
Journalism grad’s new book tells the story of Canadian Jews during Second World War
Ellin won the Dr. Stephen Speisman Bursary from the Ontario Jewish Archives, Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre, for her book Double Threat:…
Students at five Montreal Jewish high schools hear why 17,000 Canadian Jewish men and women put on a uniform to fight Hitler in the Second World War. Author and journalist Ellin Bessner spoke about her new book “Double Threat”, during an event organized by the Bronfman Jewish Education Centre and CIJA, the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs.
I had the honour of interviewing 99-year-old Toronto Jewish war veteran Lorne Winer in front of an audience at the Miles Nadal JCC on November 9, 2016, after the Royal Canadian Legion’s Wingate Branch commemorated Remembrance Day.