Interview: Researcher discusses the Canadian Jewish Women of WW2

Cpl. Daisy Lazare, CWAC Military Police, on parade during the Second World War. Cpl.Lazare is front person in the second row. (Submitted photo)

June 6 was the anniversary of D-Day, commemorating the fateful amphibious invasion by the Allies on Normandy, France, in the Second World War. Part of that history were 17,000 Canadian troops of Jewish faith who were part of their country’s war effort—including, for the first time, women. This year, a new art exhibit from the University of Calgary is highlighting the role of these women in uniform, who’ve never received the recognition they deserve. Historian Saundra Lipton oversaw the research into these women, and joins the show to discuss what she found.

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