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Ellin brings “Double Threat” to the Royal Canadian Legion Todmorden Branch 10, Pape Avenue
April 21, 2018 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm EDT$15.
Ellin is bringing her brand new book about Canada’s 17,000 Jewish men and women who served in WWII to the Todmorden branch of the Royal Canadian Legion for a Lunch and Learn. She will tell the stories of those who served in all the major battles, including the story of an East York family who sent a brother and a sister to war. Only one came back.
“The Todmorden branch of the Royal Canadian Legion was one of the first Legions of its kind formed in Canada. The organization began right after World War I in 1919, under the name of the Great War Veterans Association. At first the meetings were held in a double garage on Gowan behind the Bank of Nova Scotia but later moved into the basement of William Burgess School. The name of the association was changed around this time to the British Empire Service League. In 1927, across the street from the school, the present Legion Hall was constructed with labour and funds raised by its hundred or so members. After the Second World War the ranks of the members swelled to over 1,500. In the early 1960s the name was changed to the Royal Canadian Legion. Additions to the building were made in the ’30s, ’50s and ’70s.”–courtesy RCLBr.10 website.