Hidden Heroes: Canadian Jewish airmen who saved England in the Battle of Britain. August 14 lecture

Hidden Heroes: Canadian Jewish Airmen in the Battle of Britain.

For the 80th anniversary of the August 1940 Luftwaffe attacks on Adler Day (Eagle Day), join journalist Ellin Bessner via ZOOM on Friday August 14, 2020. Bessner speaks to the Royal Air Force Museum and RAF Association. She brings you the untold­­ story of the Jewish Canadians who were among “The Few”: the brave RAF pilots who fended off those deadly bombing raids during the Battle of Britain.

Bessner is the author of “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII”, published by the University of Toronto Press.

Her lively presentation will highlight these Jewish volunteers in the RAF (and also the RCAF) who served at great personal risk, should they be captured and their faith be discovered by the Nazis. They came to England for King and Country, and also to save their own people from Hitler’s Final Solution.

You will learn about Canada’s top Spitfire Ace, F/L William Henry Nelson, DFC. Ellin will show you why his name is on both the Battle of Britain Memorial in London, and at Capel-le-Ferne. Stay tuned for a surprise special guest.

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