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May 2019

Ellin travels to Normandy for D-Day 75

May 31, 2019 - June 11, 2019
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June 2019

Ellin participates in the Tilly sur Seulles Book Fair in Normandy Sunday June 9, 2019

June 9, 2019
Musee de la Bataille de Tilly-sur-Seulles Tilly sur Seulles, Calvados France + Google Map

Ellin joins other military authors at the 11th annual Military Book Salon at the museum in Tilly-sur-Seulles, France, an important landmark during the battles of the Allied invasion of Normandy in 1944.  Her new book "Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and WWII" will be available for sale, and signing at the Salon. Salon du Livre in Tilly 2018(Courtesy Tilly1944.com)

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Raymond James Client Event at The National Club in Toronto

June 25, 2019 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm EDT
The National Club, 303 Bay Street
Toronto, Ontario M5H2R1 Canada
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Freshly returned from her recent trip to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner will tell us how the remaining veterans of that Greatest Generation commemorated this important WWII anniversary on the beaches of Normandy. From meeting the Queen and world leaders and politicians, to re-enacting the jumps by paratroopers who landed behind the German lines at dawn on June 6th, 1944, the 2019 D-Day75 ceremonies were unforgettable. Bessner is the author…

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July 2019

Ellin speaks to the Naamat Ghita Segal Study Group in Montreal July 10, 2019

July 10, 2019 @ 7:45 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
6595 Mackle Road. Apt 203 Cote St. Luc, + Google Map

Ellin says the Jewish memorial prayers at the grave of a Montreal Jewish soldier, Joe Gertel, killed in WWll in France. Freshly returned from her recent trip to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, Canadian author and journalist Ellin Bessner will tell us how the remaining veterans of that Greatest Generation commemorated this important WWII anniversary on the beaches of Normandy. From meeting world leaders, to re-enacting the jumps by paratroopers who landed behind the German lines…

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August 2019

Ellin speaks about D-Day 75 at Am Shalom Synagogue in Barrie, Ontario on Aug. 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 @ 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Am Shalom, 767 Huronia Road
Barrie,
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During WWII, tens of thousands of Canadian servicemen, including many Jewish personnel, were stationed at Camp Borden near Barrie, or passed through on their way overseas. Among them was Capt. David Monson, known as “The People’s Rabbi”, an Ottawa-born Jewish clergyman who brought oranges and kosher salamis to the Jewish men at Borden when he held weekly Jewish “Church Parades”. He didn’t discriminate if some non-Jewish soldiers wanted to attend, and they got the treats, too. Monson’s contribution to Canada’s…

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September 2019

Ellin speaks to the Don Mills B’nai Brith Lodge Sept. 11, 2019 about D-Day 75

September 11, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm EDT
Bnai Brith, 4266 Bathurst
Toronto,
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Freshly returned from her recent trip to France for the 75th anniversary of D-Day in June, author and journalist Ellin Bessner will tell us how the remaining veterans of that Greatest Generation commemorated this important WWII anniversary on the beaches of Normandy. From meeting the Queen and world leaders and politicians, to re-enacting the jumps by paratroopers who landed behind the lines at dawn on June 6th, 1944, the 2019 D-Day75 ceremonies were unforgettable. Bessner is the author of “Double…

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Ellin brings ‘Double Threat’ to the Probus Club of Bradford-West Gwillimbury

September 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
St. John’s Presbyterian Church, 2490 10th Sideroad
Bradford, Ontario L3Z2A8 Canada
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For the tiny wartime Jewish community of Canada, the Second World War was what the prime minister of the day, Mackenzie King, called a “Double Threat”: he said Hitler was not only dangerous to freedom and democracy, but was a threat to the very survival of the Jewish people as a race.  And for the 17,000 Canadian Jewish soldiers who went to help fight Hitler, the war posed a great personal danger, should the Nazis capture them. York Region resident,…

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Ellin interviews two Jewish WWII heroes at Fort York’s: A City Mobilizes event Friday Sept. 20, 2019

September 20, 2019 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
Fort York, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON M5V3K9 Canada
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Toronto high school students are spending the day at Fort York to learn about the start of the Second World War eighty years ago in September 1939. They will get the chance to talk with two living Canadian war heroes, who are both now in their 90s. When the war started, these two veterans were just about the same age as these Toronto public school students, and they had to make the most dangerous decision of their lives: to sign…

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How Canada’s Jewish community mobilized for World War II: Ellin speaks at Fort York, Toronto

September 21, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
Fort York, 250 Fort York Boulevard
Toronto, ON M5V3K9 Canada
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Although Canada's Jewish community was a tiny minority in 1939 when Canada declared war in 1939, the Jewish community of 168,000 mobilized men, money and even kosher salamis to help fight Hitler. Among the million Canadians who donned a military uniform were nearly 17,000 Canadian men and women of Jewish faith, or about 40 per cent of the eligible population. As part of Fort York's commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the start of World War ll, A City Mobilizes, …

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Ellin speaks at Beth David Synagogue in Toronto’s Adult Education Lunch and Learn Sept. 22, 2019

September 22, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm EDT
Beth David Synagogue, 55 Yeomans Road
Toronto,
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Fresh from her 2019 summer D-Day 75 anniversary trip to France with Canadian Jewish veterans and military officials, author Ellin Bessner brings tales from the beaches of Normandy to Beth David synagogue's Adult Education members (in a joint event with the Brotherhood). Lunch begins 11:30 a.m. and Ellin's lively, interactive talk begins at 12.  

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