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New documentary about D-Day to air on History Channel and Global Network

Dr. Morton Waitzman - D-Day veteran whose story is told in the new docu-drama

There is probably no date in history about which more has been written and more films produced than June 6, 1944. The week of June 1, the History Channel will be airing a new documentary titled “D-Day in 14 Stories”. (It will be re-aired on the History Channel on June 2 and 6th. It will also be aired on the entire Global Network on June 8.)

Bernie Shore's experience working with homeless people leads him to create fictional character, "Skinny Bernard"

Bernie Shore spent years dealing with the homeess - now the subject of his book of short stories, titled “Skinny Bernard”.

Growing up in Garden City, Bernie Shore , who is now 54, attended Joseph Wolinsky Collegiate and Camp Massad. He went on to earn his B.A. at the University of Manitoba, including studying creative writing and criminology.
Shore, who was born in Vancouver,  was adopted by Winnipeg’s Shore family. His siblings live in New York – his sister working as a doctor and his brother as a rabbi.

Photos of Jewish figures from the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike

Seated centre: Rose Alcin Second from right: Fanya Cherniack Leaning on chair: J. Alter Cherniack Representing Labour and the North End, Rose Alcin was elected school trustee in 1919 (in the aftermath of the General Strike), defeating prominent lawyer and pro–business community activist Max Steinkopf. (JM 1857)

On this, the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, it is worth noting that many Jewish individuals played prominent roles in the strike. Click "read more" to see a montage of some of those individuals.

High schools Holocaust studies programs include visits to Auschwitz

Students from Springfield and Sturgeon Creek Collegiates who went on separate trips to Europe as part of Holocaust studies visited Auschwitz, also spent time in Cracow
It's one thing to learn about the Holocaust through books and film or even by listening to survivors’ stories. It is quite a different matter, as groups of students from Sturgeon Creek Collegiate in St. James and Springfield Collegiate in Oakbank (just northeast of Winnipeg) have learned, when you visit the actual death camps such as Auschwitz.

An excerpt from Harriet Zaidman's "City on Strike"

harriet zaidmanHarriet Zaidman's new young adult novel, "City on Strike: A Novel" (Red Deer Press 191 pg. $14.95), is set during the time of the Winnipeg General Strike in 1919 when workers and soldiers returning from the First World War demanded jobs, decent wages and the right to organize.
“Many politicians and business leaders condemned strike organizers and, backed up by police, unleashed deadly violence against them on a day now known as Bloody Sunday,” said Harriet in describing the book.  “City on Strike focusses on a 13-year-old boy and his younger sister who are part of a poor but hard-working immigrant family. Together with their neighbours, these siblings get drawn into the chaos that changed the city, and the country, forever.” Following is an excerpt from "City on Strike":

Businesswoman Elaine Berliner making life a little brighter for the homeless

Elaine Berliner (circled) with some of the 35 volunteers who regularly put on Christmas & Easter dinners for the homeless


Sixteen years ago, Elaine Berliner was at a low point in her life.
“I was feeling lousy,” she recalls. “It was close to Christmas and it struck me that this must be the way homeless people feel at Christmas.”