As the world commemorates Remembrance Day under COVID-19, Toronto author and journalist Ellin Bessner speaks (via Zoom) about how Canada's Jewish community contributed to winning WWII.
Ellin Bessner's book "Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and WWII" tells the little known story of the 17,000 Canadians of Jewish faith who put on a uniform, defeated Hitler and rescued the survivors of the Holocaust.
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Ellin spent six years researching, travelling, and interviewing over 300 veterans and their families. She will introduce you to some of the famous Canadian Jews in uniform, such as Wayne and Shuster and former defence minister Barney Danson. You'll discover hockey stars, poets, actors, sewing machine operators, lawyers, dentists, and engineers, as well as the sixteen Canadian rabbis who served with them at home and overseas. Her research also uncovered many important stories about the Fascist supporters in the Beaches area of Toronto at the time.
Ellin Bessner is a Canadian journalist based in Toronto. Her career as a journalist took her across Canada and around the world. She was a business anchor for many years at Report on Business Television, now BNN. 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.
Sponsor: Beach Hebrew Institute