Why an Edmonton airman’s family wants you to read his WWll diary

When I spoke in Edmonton in November 2019 for Holocaust Education Week, I was touched to have the opportunity to meet the family of Harry Uretzky. He was a young Edmonton student who enlisted in the RCAF in 1941, went overseas in 1942, and, after training to be a bomb aimer/navigator, was killed in action in 1943.
At my talk that night, his niece Karen Hering revealed that her uncle’s war time diary was a treasure: it contained his personal musings as well as a series of poems that he wrote in November 1942, while he was training to fly heavy bombers over German-occupied Europe.

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Where to watch the 2020 Canadian Jewish Remembrance Day service online

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the regular Remembrance Day services will not be taking place, or at least, they will not be permitted large gatherings. The Jewish War Veterans of Canada, B’nai Brith, CIJA and other organizations have come together to offer an online event Wednesday Nov. 11, 2020.
You can watch it beginning at 10:50 a.m. Toronto time on the B’nai Brith website. Check here for the link.

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New Book: How Jews contributed to Canadian history

There’s an important new book out by the Canadian Jewish News. It’s called Northern Lights: A Canadian Jewish History. It tells the history of Canada’s Jewish community through the archives and photos of the country’s award-winning Jewish weekly newspaper.

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Toronto WWII veteran, 95, gets police parade

Canadian WWII veteran Max Dankner spent many nights riding his Norton army motorcycle to carry out reconnaissance through German-occupied Europe. The Montreal-born soldier served in the Italian campaign with the 4th Princess Louise Dragoon Guards, and then in Holland delivering vital messages as a dispatch motorcycle rider.

That is why motorcycles played a starring role in an unforgettable surprise which Dankner’s family arranged for his 95th birthday on May 30.

About a dozen Peel Regional Police vehicles, including two motorcycles from the Road Safety unit, and some Peel Regional Paramedic Services trucks assembled Saturday outside the Mississauga home of Dankner’s son. On the driveway, Max and his wife Natalie, had prime seats for the parade.

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How to Find Your Family’s Military Records

You don’t have to be a licensed private investigator to find the military records of your ancestors. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about their service during the Second World War, or the First, it’s never been easier to find their official government service records, at least if your relative served in a Canadian military uniform.

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One Man’s Quest to get a Star of David on graves of 100 Jews KIA

It’s taken 10 months of detective work by Canadian and international genealogy sleuths to reveal a happy conclusion in the case of a downed Canadian WWII RCAF airman, Morley Ornstein. What better timing for this to happen than on the same month, 78 years ago, when Ornstein enlisted in the air force in October 1942. After he turned 18, Ornstein, a graduate of Harbord Collegiate in Toronto, joined up.

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