Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II
By Ellin Bessner
New Jewish Press
Ellin Bessner is a Toronto journalist who has written articles about Jews in the Canadian forces and on the home front during the Second World War. Her work brought additional contacts, and led to Double Threat: Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II. The author has used a great number of personal interviews, with surviving veterans where possible, and with family members, as well as published works and archives from across the country.
The book’s title is from a letter prime minister Mackenzie King sent to the Canadian Jewish Congress (CJC) on March 20, 1947, two years after the war ended. Bessner tells us that King thanked Congress for the Jewish contribution: “He called the war and Hitler a ‘double threat’ to the country’s Jewish servicemen: they had fought not only against ‘Nazi and Fascist aggression’ but ‘also for the survival of the Jewish nation.’” [Read more…]