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Double Threat : Canadian Jews, the Military, and World War II - by Ellin Bessner (Paperback)

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?He died so Jewry should suffer no more.? These words on a Canadian Jewish soldier?stombstone in Normandy inspired the author to explore the role of Canadian Jews in the wareffort. As PM Mackenzie King wrote in 1947, Jewish servicemen faced a ?doublethreat? ? they were not only fighting against Fascism but for Jewish survival. At the same time,they encountered widespread antisemitism and the danger of being identified as Jews ifcaptured. Bessner conducted hundreds of interviews and extensive archival research to paint acomplex picture of the 17,000 Canadian Jews ? about 10 per cent of the Jewish population inwartime Canada ? who chose to enlist, including future Cabinet minister Barney Danson,future game-show host Monty Hall, and comedians Wayne and Shuster. Added to this fascinating account are Jews who were among the so-called ?Zombies? ? Canadians who were drafted, but chose to serve at home ? the various perspectives of the Jewish community, and the participation of Canadian Jewish women."He died so Jewry should suffer no more." These words on a Canadian Jewish soldier'stombstone in Normandy inspired the author to explore the role of Canadian Jews in the wareffort. As PM Mackenzie King wrote in 1947, Jewish servicemen faced a "doublethreat" - they were not only fighting against Fascism but for Jewish survival. At the same time,they encountered widespread antisemitism and the danger of being identified as Jews ifcaptured. Bessner conducted hundreds of interviews and extensive archival research to paint acomplex picture of the 17,000 Canadian Jews - about 10 per cent of the Jewish population inwartime Canada - who chose to enlist, including future Cabinet minister Barney Danson,future game-show host Monty Hall, and comedians Wayne and Shuster. Added to this fascinating account are Jews who were among the so-called "Zombies" - Canadians who were drafted, but chose to serve at home - the various perspectives of the Jewish community, and the participation of Canadian Jewish women.
Genre: History
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Utp Distribution
Author: Ellin Bessner
Language: English
Street Date: March 15, 2018
TCIN: 52067828
UPC: 9781988326047
Item Number (DPCI): 248-40-6507
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