Ellin speaks to the Richmond Hill Speakers Series Nov. 4, 2021 at the Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre
November 4, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EDT
As the world commemorates the 76th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and Holocaust Education Week, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner says we still have work to do to fight the rise of antisemitism in our time.
Bessner is the author of “Double Threat”, published by the University of Toronto Press, about the contribution of Canada’s tiny wartime Jewish community to defeating the Nazis. When the prime minister of the day, Mackenzie King, called the Second World War a “double threat” for Canadian Jews, he meant that not only was freedom and democracy at risk but, so was the survival of the Jewish race from Hitler’s Final Solution. Canada’s wartime Jewish community sent over 17,000 men and women to defeat Hitler and rescue survivors of the Holocaust. Bessner has spent six years researching and interviewing the veterans and their families to piece the untold stories together. Her message to audiences is that “Remembrance is an active verb” and we must carry the torch of those who fought for our freedom.
Ellin Bessner is a journalist based in Richmond Hill. Her career with CBC News and CTV News took her across Canada, and, around the world as a foreign correspondent. Ellin is currently a professor of journalism at Centennial College.