Reflections of the past year

Ella and Dave with book2015 will go down as one of the best years of my life.

On Oct 6, 2015 Second Story Press, officially released my book Hidden Gold to the public.

In only 3 months the reviews, comments and sales have been better than I could have ever dreamed.

The editorial reviews, the reader reviews, the book signings, the interviews have all contributed to the success of Hidden Gold and to the joy of knowing that my family’s Holocaust story will live on through generations to come.

On a more personal level, I feel very blessed that my Uncle David Gold is alive to witness how his suffering as a 12-year-old boy is now being used to educate both young and old about the Holocaust. Through the eyes and hearts of my family, people will learn about the darkest chapter in recent human history. Hidden Gold will live long after the last survivor is no longer able to speak for him or herself.

To hear how people talk about my mother Shoshana as a heroine brings tears to my eyes and a lump to my throat. My mother survived the war physically, however the emotional scars were just too deep and she never recovered. She died at the age of 52. I have reconnected with my mother on a spiritual level. Through Hidden Gold I’ve had the chance to show people what a wondrous, selfless, strong and loving women my mother truly was. She wasn’t around long enough to reap the rewards of surviving. She didn’t get to enjoy her life and freedom in Canada with her husband, or savor each moment watching her children grow up. Hidden Gold is the conduit through which the outside world will know her.

Taking a parent or anyone you love for granted is a huge mistake. Life is fragile and you never know what tomorrow will bring.

If you argue, make up. If you feel something, say it. If you have an opportunity to do something today, don’t put it off till tomorrow. It’s easy to get caught up in the minutia of the daily grind, so prioritize and keep what’s really important to you front and centre. Live for today, live for the moment.

Happy new yearMay the coming year fill your lives with meaning, laughter, charity and love.

Happy New Year,

Ella Burakowski

 

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