January 26 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm
January Speaker Ellin Bessner via Zoom
Canadian Jewish military personnel who fought for Canada in WWII, helped defeat Hitler
On the eve of 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 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. Ellin will speak about the untold stories of these Canadian Jewish soldiers and their encounters with Hitler’s Final Solution. And you’ll learn about a local woman who served in uniform, while her sister built munitions at a bomb factory.