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November 2019

Ellin speaks to Rose Reisman’s monthly lecture series ‘Rosebuds’ in Toronto, on Monday Nov. 18, 2019

November 18, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EST
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Although the Second World War was a man’s war, and 17,000 Canadian Jewish men served, a tiny but important group of 270 Canadian Jewish women dared to overcome their family and community’s disapproval, the lower pay, and sexual harassment, and joined the Canadian forces after 1941. That is when the government allowed women to enlist. They served in many jobs at home, and behind the front lines, overseas.

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Ellin speaks to the Untold Lecture series at the Schwartz Reisman Centre Wednesday Nov. 21, 2019

November 21, 2019 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Schwartz Reisman Centre, 9600 Bathurst Street
Vaughan, Ontario L6A3Z8 Canada
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“A Score to Settle with Hitler”: How Canada’s 17,000 Jewish fighters helped win WWII, defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust When most people think about Jews and the Second World War, they think about the victims of the Holocaust. But now a new book by Canadian journalist Ellin Bessner tells the untold story of how and why more than 17,000 Canadian Jews put on a uniform and served in the war, as the liberators. And how Canada’s…

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Ellin speaks at the OPP General Headquarters in Orillia, Ontario for Holocaust Remembrance Month

November 22, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EST
OPP Headquarters Orillia, + Google Map

A lunchtime interactive presentation for the Ontario Provincial Police on the Jewish men and women who overcame antisemitism at home, and on the battlefield, to defeat Hitler, and rescue the survivors of the Holocaust in WWII.  Ellin Bessner is the author of "Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and WWII" which tells the untold Canadian story of the Jewish soldiers, airmen and sailors who served in the Second World War, despite great personal risk should they be captured by the…

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Ellin speaks to First Narayever Congregation in Toronto Nov. 23, 2019

November 23, 2019 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EST
First Narayver Synagogue, 187 Brunswick Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M5S2M4 Canada
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January 2020

For International Holocaust Remembrance Day at Congregation Habonim of Toronto Jan. 24, 2020

January 24 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm EST
Congregation Habonim, 5 Glen Park Avenue
Toronto, Canada

On the eve of the International Holocaust Remembrance Day, journalist and author Ellin Bessner will bring the story of the Canadian Jewish military personnel who fought for Canada in WWII, helped defeat Hitler, and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust. Bessner's new book "Double Threat", published by the University of Toronto, tells the story of these 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who were serving not only for King and Country, but also on a sacred mission to try to save the Jewish people of Europe. They faced great personal risk, and tremendous antisemitism at home, and on the battlefield. As the world marks the 75th anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz, Ellin will speak about the Jewish Canadian private from Montreal who arrest the “Beast of Belsen”, and the Jewish airman from Toronto who took the Belsen orphans on picnics, as well the lasting impact on the mental health of these Canadian soldiers after their encounters with Hitler’s Final Solution.

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February 2020

Ellin speaks at Flashback February in Picton, Ontario Monday Feb. 17, 2020 about the Fighting Fascism and the Nazis in WWII

February 17 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm EST
Picton Town Hall, 2 Ross Street
Picton, Ontario Canada
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Ellin speaks to the Canadian Club at Century Village East about the end of WWII and Liberation of Holland and Bergen Belsen

February 24 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Le Club, Activities Room A, 3501 WEST DRIVE
Century VIllage East, Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 United States
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Ellin speaks at B’nai Torah Congregation in Boca Raton, Florida: Tuesday Feb. 25, 2020

February 25 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm EST
B’nai Torah Synagogue, 6261 SW 18th St.
Boca Raton, FL 33433 United States
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"He wanted to take them all: How Canadian soldiers in WWII Rescued the Survivors of the Holocaust" As Canada, and indeed the world, marked the Liberation of Holland and V-E Day in the spring of 1945, thousands of Canadian military personnel were still hard at work overseas, but some, in particular those of Jewish faith, had a new, humanitarian mission: rescuing the survivors of the Hitler's Final Solution. From helping to restore Jewish places of worship in freed Dutch cities…

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March 2020

Ellin speaks at the Lodzer Congregation + the Canadian Institute for Jewish Research Toronto branch March 4, 2020

March 4 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST
Lodzer Centre, 12 Heaton
Toronto, Ontario Canada
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On the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the Liberation of Holland and other parts of occupied Europe, Ellin Bessner will share stories of how Canada’s fighting Jewish men in uniform acted with great compassion to rescue the survivors as the soldiers came face to face with the truth about the horrors of the Final Solution

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Ellin speaks about the Liberation of Holland and the end of WWII at a Jewish adults’ study club March 22, 2020

March 22 @ 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm EDT
Private Toronto, + Google Map

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…

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