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October 2020

Ellin speaks to the Canadian Federation of University Women Aurora/Newmarket Branch Oct. 27, 2020

October 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Royal Canadian Legion Aurora, 105 Industrial Parkway N
Aurora, Ontario Canada
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Hidden Heroines: The Untold Story of how Canada's Jewish Women Helped Win the Second World War   With Richmond Hill author and journalist Ellin Bessner on Oct. 27.  (VIA ZOOM) Bessner will take you on a fascinating journey to meet the Canadian Jewish heroines, both at home and at the front, who helped Canada win WWII. Their contributions to history have never been properly recognized. You will “meet” Bessner’s own great-aunt, Cpl. Daisy Lazare, along with Sgt. Miriam Freedman, S/O Rose…

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Ellin brings the story of the end of WWII and the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Holland to the Cambridge Probus Club

October 28 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
via Zoom Cambridge, Ontario Canada + Google Map

For the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings the story of Canada's 17,000 Canadian Jewish fighters who helped win the Second World War, defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust. They faced a "double threat" because of their religion, not only should they be captured by the Nazis, but also because of the widespread anti-Semitism they encountered at home in Canada, in the barracks and on the battlefield. Some 450 Canadian…

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For the 75th anniversary of the End of WWII: Guelph’s contribution. Ellin speaks to the Royal City Men’s Club

October 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EDT
via Zoom

When the Canadian troops began cleaning out the remnants of Nazi Germany's occupation forces across Holland in the spring and summer of 1945, they were met with joyous welcomes by the Dutch people who had endured starvation and brutality under Hitler's forces. But the Canadians also came face to face with the truth about the fate of Europe's Jewish community, as they liberated concentration camps and Nazi death camps from the defeated German guards. Journalist and author Ellin Bessner's book "Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII", published by the University of Toronto Press, tells the story of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who served in WWII, helped defeat Hitler, and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, Bessner will introduce you to some of the Canadians of Jewish faith who were among the liberators.

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November 2020

Remembrance Day event at the Probus Club of Milton, Ontario with Ellin Bessner Nov. 4, 2020

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
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As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and Holocaust Education Week, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner comes to the Probus Club of Milton to say 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 nine 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.

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Ellin speaks at the Beaches Hebrew Institute in Toronto Sunday Nov. 8, 2020 on the eve of Remembrance Day

November 8 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Beaches Hebrew Institute, 109 Kenilworth Avenue
Toronto, Ontario Canada

As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and Remembrance Day under COVID-19, Toronto author and journalist Ellin Bessner speaks (by Zoom) at the Beaches Hebrew Institute about Canada's Jewish community and their contribution to winning the war. Bessner's book "Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII" tells the little known story of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who put on a uniform, defeated Hitler and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. Her research uncovered many important stories about the Fascist supporters in the Beaches area of Toronto at the time, including from the various beach clubs in the 1930s and 1940s, as well as interviews with young Jewish men from the neighbourhood who would go on to enlist.

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Hidden heroes: Canada’s Jewish men in uniform in WWII. Ellin speaks to the Applewood Probus Club for Remembrance Day 2020

November 12 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm EST
Applewood Probus Club, Credit Valley Golf and Country Club, 2500 Old Carriage Rd, Mississauga, ON L5C 1Y7, Canada
Mississaugua, Ontario Canada
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As we mark Remembrance Day and 75 years since the end of the Second World War, Toronto author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings us the story of some Canada’s hidden war heroes. 

Bessner’s book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII” published by the University of Toronto Press -- paints a nuanced picture of how and why Canada’s tiny wartime Jewish community overcame widespread antisemitism at home and on the battlefield, to help defeat Hitler and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust. It is an important Canadian story that has not been comprehensively told before.  

Nearly 17, 000 signed up, or approximately 40 per cent of all eligible Jewish Canadian men served in uniform in the Second World War. They fought in all the major battles, from Dunkirk to D-Day, and beyond. Yet unlike their comrades, Jewish personnel faced a double threat: they served at great personal risk, should they be captured by the enemy, and their religion be uncovered.  

In Ellin’s lively interactive presentation, she’ll introduce you to some of the most high profile Canadian Jewish men and women who enlisted, including federal politicians like Barney Danson, Senators David Croll and Jack Marshall, entertainers Monty Hall, and Wayne and Shuster, and CFL football stars like Eddie Kushner of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

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Virtual Remembrance Day speech to the Probus Club Etobicoke Thursday Nov. 19, 2020

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST
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As the world commemorates the 75th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, and Holocaust Education Week, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner comes to the Probus Club Etobicoke club to say 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.

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Remembrance Day 2020: Ellin speaks to the NCJW Orah branch on Nov. 24, 2020

November 24 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST

As the world marks Remembrance Day under COVID-19, author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings her book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII” to the National Council of Jewish Women Orah Branch in Toronto. Bessner’s book, published by the University of Toronto Press, tells the story of the 17, 000 Canadians of Jewish faith who served in WWII, helped defeat Hitler, and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the end of…

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December 2020

Hidden heroes: Canada’s Jewish men in uniform in WWII. Ellin speaks to the Brampton Flowertown Probus Club Dec. 2, 2020

December 2 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
Brampton Flowertown Probus Club, Century Gardens Recreation Centre, 2nd Floor (340 Vodden St East)
Brampton, Ontario Canada
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As we mark 75 years since the end of the Second World War, Toronto author and journalist Ellin Bessner brings us the story (Via ZOOM) of some Canada’s hidden war heroes. Bessner’s book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII” published by the University of Toronto Press -- paints a nuanced picture of how and why Canada’s tiny wartime Jewish community overcame widespread antisemitism at home and on the battlefield, to help defeat Hitler and rescue the survivors of the…

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November 2021

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
Richmond Hill Performing Arts Centre, 10268 Yonge Street
Richmond Hill, Ontario Canada
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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…

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