Burakowski, Ella (Toronto)

Writer’s Union Member. Author of Hidden Gold, A True Story of the Holocaust. Regular columnist for The Canadian Jewish News. Red Maple honour book. Middle grade. $250 for one session, $450 for two sessions, $650 for three sessions, $800 for four (a full day).

(Each session which includes a question and answer period, is approximately 1 hour.)

Ella is a second-generation survivor, whose mother and father both suffered through the Holocaust. Ella’s mother died when she was 14 years old, before she could share her story. Ella’s uncle David Gold, her mother’s brother, was able to describe their family’s terrifying struggle during the Holocaust.

Ella feels that she is a unique link to the past and the future. Ella’s book Hidden Gold won the Ontario Library Association’s 2017 honour book award in the Forest of Reading Red Maple Non-Fiction category.

Ella’s presentation includes two parts. She discusses Hidden Gold by first reviewing the basics of the Holocaust and its historical significance, then segues into how the Holocaust directly affected her family.

She also describes how their affliction affected her growing up. Her presentation includes a film, in which Ella’s uncle, David Gold recounts their harrowing story of near misses with death.

The second part of the presentation reviews how Ella went about writing Hidden Gold as narrative non-fiction. She explains the different elements involved in verifying and interlacing her family’s story with historical facts and scientific data.

Finally, Ella discusses the emotions of her characters, her family, as they stared death in the face repeatedly. A question and answer period follows the 40-minute presentation.

The presentation requires audio/visual availability, either by projector, smartboard or television. Ella brings her laptop and has most cabling for connections.

The presentation can be tailored for grades 6 through high school and there is a free Study Guide available on her website, as well as on the Publisher’s website. Ella has done presentations for children in one classroom, as well as presenting to the entire intermediate division of a school.

She does presentations for adults and has spoken at libraries, book clubs, women’s groups and seniors’ residences where other Holocaust survivors were present.

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