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Most people know me as Ask Ella in The Canadian Jewish News, I've been writing an advice column in The CJN for the past 20 years. Along with my column, I'm the Operations Manager at the paper, having grown to that position through many years of working at different jobs at the paper.

In 2020 as the Covid pandemic became a reality and the newspaper business was going the way of the dinosaurs, The CJN was forced to close, which put me into retirement.

I was born to Holocaust survivors, Shoshana Gold and Fishl Burakowski, who met after the war in Foehrenwald, a displaced person's camp in Germany. Together they smuggled on an Aliyah Bet ship to make a new life for themselves in Israel. Ella and her older sister Sarah, were both born in Israel,
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Ella Burakowski When I was 14, my mother died in front of me of a massive heart attack. When she died, she took with her every story, every experience of how she surv…moreWhen I was 14, my mother died in front of me of a massive heart attack. When she died, she took with her every story, every experience of how she survived the Holocaust. She took with her the reason she used to scream in the night, the reason I was different than the other kids. There was so much I didn’t know.

It wasn’t until I became an adult that I was interested in the story of how she survived, but it was too late to hear it from her. My Uncle David Gold, my mother’s brother, is still alive today at the age of 85. I felt compelled to write my family’s story while he was still able to describe the events my family endured during one of the most horrific periods in human history.

Writing Hidden Gold has allowed me to reconnect with my mother and walk in her footsteps through the darkest time in her life.(less)
Ella Burakowski If I've been writing a lot, I give myself a break - a short break. No more than a few days before I force myself to sit down and write. It may not be …moreIf I've been writing a lot, I give myself a break - a short break. No more than a few days before I force myself to sit down and write. It may not be perfect, and it may not be something I will use in my book, but I force myself to write to break through the block.(less)
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Justice Harvey Brownstone’s Interview

Imagine my shock when I received a message through the Hidden Gold website from an Ontario Criminal and Family Court Judge, Justice Harvey Brownstone.

Here is part of what that message said:
“I recently read Hidden Gold by Ella Burakowski, and was absolutely captivated by this incredibly moving story of the ordeal endured by Ella’s grandmother, mother, uncle and aunt while being hidden in a barn in Read more of this blog post »
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Holocaust and gen...: Young Adult Holocaust novels 13 117 Apr 29, 2018 11:16PM  
“I learned that you should feel when writing, not like Lord Byron on a mountain top, but like a child stringing beads in kindergarten - happy, absorbed and quietly putting one bead on after another. ”
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