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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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https://www.visitpec.ca/pt_events/flashback-february-fighting-fascism-and-the-final-solution/  

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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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The RCAF’s secret weapon in WWII: 6,000 Jewish personnel. Ellin speaks to the Air Crew Association of Ont. March 28, 2020

March 28 @ 9:00 am - 10:30 am EDT
Canadian Forces College Officers’ Mess, 215 Yonge Boulevard
Toronto, Ont. M5M 3H9 Canada
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As the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, and the liberation of Europe and Asia from the Nazi-Axis forces, author and journalist Ellin Bessner visits the Air Crew Association of Ontario meeting in Toronto, to share a little known fact about how the Allied air force helped win the war. Among the Canadians who volunteered, were 6,000 Jewish personnel who served in the RCAF and RAF. They served at great personal risk, should they…

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Ellin brings the story of Canada’s fighting WWII Jewish soldiers to Sarnia on Tuesday March 31, 2020

March 31 @ 9:30 am - 11:30 am EDT
Sarnia Kiwanis, 180 College Avenue North
Sarnia, Ontario Canada

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. As the world prepares to mark…

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Ellin speaks to Sarnia Central Forum March 31, 2020 about WWII and Canada’s fighting Jewish soldiers who were there

March 31 @ 1:30 pm - 3:30 pm EDT
Central Forum Sarnia @ St. Giles Presbyterian Church, 770 Lakeshore Road
Sarnia, Ontario Canada
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As the world prepares to mark the 75th anniversary of the end of WWII, Ellin Bessner will introduce you to some of the Canadians of Jewish faith who were among the liberators. 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…

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April 2020

Ellin speaks about the Liberation of Holland and the Holocaust at the Swan Lake Probus Club in Markham, April 8, 2020

April 8 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm EDT
The Swan Club, 100 Lakesidevista Way
Markham, Ontario L6E0B6 Canada
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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 tiny Jewish community mobilized men, money, and equipment to win the war. These soldiers, airmen and sailers faced widespread anti-Semitism at home, and…

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