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Over 16,000 Jews, Ten Per-cent of Canada’s Jewish Population, Joined Aried Forces

The War Efforts Committee of the Canadian Jewish Congress has revealed that 16,550 Jews are listed on the committee’s records as having joined the armed forces of the Dominion since 1939.

Of those 10,116 joined the army, 5,870 the Royal Canadian Air Force, and 573 the Royal Canadian Navy. They represent nearly ten per-cent of the Canadian Jewish community and do not include the Canadian Jews who enlisted in the Jewish Brigade or other units of the British army, the American forces or other United Nations services.

Jewish casualties recorded by the committee total 776 and 122 have been awarded honors and decorations including the Distinguished Service Order, the Order of the British Empire and American and French decorations.