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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Probus Club of Bradford-West Gwillimbury
September 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
For the tiny wartime Jewish community of Canada, the Second World War was what the prime minister of the day, Mackenzie King, called a “Double Threat”: he said Hitler was not only dangerous to freedom and democracy, but was a threat to the very survival of the Jewish people as a race. And for the 17,000 Canadian Jewish soldiers who went to help fight Hitler, the war posed a great personal danger, should the Nazis capture them.
York Region resident, author, and journalist Ellin Bessner has spent eight years researching and interviewing over 300 Jewish Canadian veterans and their families, to tell the untold stories of how and why Canada’s Jewish community mobilized to defeat Hitler and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust. Books will be available for sale and signing at the event. For further information, check Ellin’s website: https://ellinbessner. com/about/