Hidden Gold: A True Story of the Holocaust by Ella BurakowskiHidden Gold: A True Story of the Holocaust by Ella Burakowski

Hidden Gold: A True Story of the Holocaust

byElla Burakowski

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The Gold family lived an idyllic life in pre-war Poland, each doing their part to run the family grocery store and tobacco concession. The oldest daughter, Shoshana, had many friends, her sister Esther was meticulous as she worked at the family store, and young David was doted on by them all. But that life is shattered in 1939 when Germany invades Poland and Jewish people are forced into the streets; their homes, schools, and businesses burned. We follow the Gold family’s journey as they are forced into hiding. Just hours before the Nazis come to take over their current town, their mother has a premonition that today they will have a savior. When that someone appears, they are given hope for the first time since leaving home. But Shoshana has learned to be wary of strangers and knows that her family is in danger. The Golds hide in a cramped, secret enclosure for twenty-six months. Appalling conditions, starvation, fear of imminent betrayal and capture makes this a heart-stopping testament to the human spirit.
Ella Burakowski has been writing a column in The Canadian Jewish News for the past 20 years. Now the Operations Manager at The CJN, Ella has been working full time at the paper, learning the newspaper business from the ground up. Born in Israel to two Holocaust survivors, Ella was compelled to write her family's story when her Uncle D...
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Title:Hidden Gold: A True Story of the HolocaustFormat:PerfectDimensions:336 pages, 8.3 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:October 6, 2015Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1927583748

ISBN - 13:9781927583746

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hooked from the start I purchased this book after I saw the recommendation in The Christian Science Monitor. They said it's a young adult book worthy of adult readers. They couldn't be more right. I have always been fascinated with the Holocaust and never understood how the world stood by as millions of people were murdered for simply being Jewish, Roma, gay or disabled. Hidden Gold made the Holocaust personal. It put me in the moment with the Gold family. I couldn't put it down. It's written in such a compelling way that even in my sleep I dreamt about these people. The little boy David, same name as my own, had a special hold me. He was twelve at the time and I thought of my own kids. I felt his pain in the labour camp when he was beaten for stopping to rest, and how he tried to hide his wounds from his mother. Also when he was surrounded by the villagers and attacked. He was a child who had to grow up much to soon. Burakowski puts you in the moment, her writing draws you into each and every scene and you can picture and feel the terror, the love. Like every family with kids, they didn't always agree or get along, but when push came to shove, they came through for each other. I watched the book trailer on youtube and I couldn't agree more with the last frame. "Hidden Gold will stay with you long after the last page is turned."
Date published: 2015-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Read Reading HIDDEN GOLD, I found myself deeply invested in the lives of this courageous family, trying desperately to survive the most shameful event of the 20th century. This masterful author commands our complete attention as she makes real the horrors endured by Shoshana, Lieb and their three extraordinarily brave children. This well written story is a most appropriate book both for those well versed in this subject and those who require an introduction. Well done!
Date published: 2015-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just Cannot Put in Down! Great Read For Everyone! You can read many different variations of the Holocaust but nothing has moved me as much as reading Ella Burakowski's true story of her families survival through one of the worst times in history. Honestly, I am not a big book reader but I was complied to read this book and found that each page painted a vivid picture in my mind as to what her family had to endure. Whether if you are a vivid or casual reader, you have to experience this book first hand, you just cannot put it down!
Date published: 2015-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Read! Oh my goodness. What a FABULOUS story! I read the whole book in one day. I could not put it down. I have read many books about the Holocaust but this one was unlike other stories I have come across. The story’s ending was enthralling and unexpected. Burakowski provides vivid images of places and people and a descriptive recount of the trials and tribulations one family endured during a harrowing and appalling time in history. The good, the bad and the ugly of Burakowski’s characters come to life especially when faced with the realization that the shadow of death looms over them and that they may not live to see another day. It is a story that I can't wait to share with family, friends, teacher colleagues and students. It’s a story that must be told so ‘never again’ should any individual be faced with a similar atrocity.
Date published: 2015-10-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Gripping and educational at the same time There was a lot of hype in my reading group about this book so I decided to give it a try. Read it in one day! It was an easy read. Didn't realize it was a book for young adults until I went back to see more about it after I finished. The first couple of chapters set up life in pre-war in Poland for the Gold family and you get a glimpse into the affluent life of a Jewish family. There is a powerful message in the book, one of love, caring for each other and family loyalty. I really liked that the author focused on how the family managed to traverse their way through peril after peril, focusing on their loyalty to each other, rather than on the sensationalism of blood and gore to sell books. How did this family stay together along with two strangers in a cramped enclosure for over two years? How does anyone do that, fighting the elements, the hunger and boredom and constant fear of being caught? And the farmer and his wife, they were not bad people, they were scared too. In the beginning I thought of them as oppotunists, but as I read on, I came to like them too. They were also victims in this war. They had to survive as well, also with three children. It wasn't until the last chapter which reads more like an epilogue, that I realized the relationship of the author to the people I had just come to know. She is the daughter of the eldest child, Shoshana. I admired Shoshana's strength and her will to do whatever she had to for the sake of her family. The content of the book is also a great source of history and although I knew much of the individual events, I am now able to put them in context with a timeline. Being a mother, I was most affected by Hanna, the family matriarch. I try to put myself in her shoes, what would I have done in her place? It's difficult to summarize this story, because I can't capture the emotional feeling I experienced as the family was separated early on from Leib, the father, and their constant betrayal by Poles and by fellow Jews who were also fighting for their lives. Hidden Gold left me thinking about myself and my daughters and what I would be like if placed in Hanna's predicament today. Great read. I plan to read it again with my daughter in a couple of years when she's a little older.
Date published: 2015-10-17

Editorial Reviews

This powerful book is presented like a mystery. The reader eagerly reads page after page in order to discover what will happen to the desperate characters. - Jewish Book Council - 20160603