Prime Minister Mackenzie King called the Second World War a “double threat” for the Canadian Jewish community. More than 17,000 Jewish Canadian men and women went to defeat Hitler, but also to rescue their brethren from the Holocaust. And they did so at great personal risk, should their faith be discovered by the Nazis on the battlefield. Journalist and author Ellin Bessner has spent years researching and interviewing Jewish veterans and their families to piece this untold story together. The result is her book “Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military and World War 11.”
Ellin is a journalist based in Richmond Hill. She hosts the CJN Daily podcast for the Canadian Jewish News and teaches journalism at Centennial College. Her career has taken her around the world as a foreign correspondent for CBC News and CTV News.