Alan Twigg’s tribute to Rudolf Vrba

Rudolf Vrba, who escaped Auschwitz and co-authored a report saving 200,000 lives, remains unrecognized in Vancouver despite his significant historical impact. Alan Twigg (l.) seeks to change this.” FULL STORY


Boraks-Nemetz at Jewish Book Fest

September 08th, 2017

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz will launch her new adult novel at the 33rd annual Cherie Smith Jewish Book Festival in Vancouver at the Jewish Community Centre on November 26, at 2 pm. Born in Warsaw, Poland, she  survived the Holocaust as a child, escaping from the Warsaw Ghetto to live in Polish villages under a false identity. These experiences resulted in her YA novel, The Old Brown Suitcase, a fictional account of a 14-year old immigrant girl, Slava, who comes to Canada from Poland after the Second World War. Her suitcase is filled with memories of the Warsaw Ghetto where she left behind her parents and sister. Her problems of adjustment to her new life in Canada as a teen-aged immigrant Jew are juxtaposed with her heart-wrenching memories of her lost childhood in Poland. This book won the Sheila A. Egoff Prize, among others awards. Now Lillian Boraks-Nemetz has revisited her own life story for an adult novel, Mouth of Truth (Ekstasis 2017).  “This new story is based on true events and speaks to a completely different, adult audience,” she says. It’s a story about  trauma and child abuse,  experienced by war children, and how it affects their adult lives, also affecting offspring. She is a proud member of the Janusz Korczak Association of Canada. 978-1-77171-211-8

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