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Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II

A cropped book cover, text says "double threat" and there's a vintage looking illustration of a man and a woman, the men is holding a gunThursday, November 9, 2017

Doors open: 1:00 pm, Program 1:30 - 3:00 pm

Guest speaker: Ellin Bessner
This historical lecture commemorating Remembrance Day and the 72nd anniversary of the end of World War Two pays tribute to the 17,000 Jewish Canadians who defeated the Nazis during the dark years of the last Great War. This program will include a special performance by the Miles Nadal JCC’s Daytime Choir.

Drop-In: $5.00 (Includes refreshments)
Double Threat: Canadian Jews, The Military, and World War ll is a journalistic look at the untold stories of the Jewish Canadian men and women who served in uniform during the dark years of the last Great War. At least 10 per cent of the Canadian Jewish population answered the call, whether as volunteers or as conscripts. About 450 didn't come back: some lie buried in graveyards from Normandy to Hong Kong, while others have no known final resting place.
Double Threat: Canadian Jews, The Military, and World War ll is the untold story of why so many Jewish Canadians served, what life was like for them as Jews in uniform, and how they confronted antisemitism both at home and abroad while fighting to win the war and liberate their brethren from the horrors of Nazi work camps and death camps.

The book was published by New Jewish Press, a division of the Anne Tanenbaum Centre for Jewish Studies at the University of Toronto. For more information, please visit Ellin's Website.

A woman with shoulder length hair and glasses smiles at the cameraEllin Bessner’s career as a journalist has led her from Canada around the world, working for CTV News and CBC News, and also for the Globe and Mail, The Canadian Press and other organizations. As a foreign correspondent based in Italy, during the 1990s, aside from reporting on the Vatican, the Mafia, Italian food, fashion, and the Opera, and Italian soccer, Ellin also covered several brutal civil wars in Africa. Ellin has also taught hundreds of budding young journalists, in her capacity as a professor at Centennial College Journalism School in Toronto, and before that, at Seneca College and Ryerson University.
Ellin has interviewed Prince Phillip and the Dalai Lama. For this new book, Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II she spent six years researching and traveling, and interviewed over 300 veterans and their families, to tell the untold stories of how and why Canada’s Jewish community sent 17,000 men and women in uniform to defeat Hitler in the Second World War. It is a story that has never been comprehensively told before.

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