Child holocaust survivor Lillian Boraks-Nemetz at Lynnwood Jewish Center Sunday

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz
Author and child holocaust survivor Lillian Boraks-Nemetz will speak at the Chabad Jewish Center in Lynnwood this Sunday, June 23rd at 4pm. Suggested donation $10. The Center is at 19626 76th Ave W Suite B Lynnwood WA 98036.

Hear Lillian share her fascinating life story, followed by an open question session. All are welcome. Mike Schanche of Congressman Rick Larsen’s office will share remarks on behalf of Congressman Larsen.

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz was born in Warsaw, Poland. As a child, she was incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto for eighteen months. For the remainder of WWII Lillian was hidden under a false identity.

In 1947, she and her family moved to Canada, living first in Montreal, then Vancouver, and finally settling in Victoria.

Lillian Boraks-Nemetz is the author of a trilogy for young readers (The Old Brown Suitcase, The Sunflower Diary, and The Lenski File) and two volumes of poetry. She has translated and co-translated into English two poetry collections written by Polish émigré poets. She teaches creative writing in the Department of Continuing Studies at the University of British Columbia.

In her novel, The Old Brown Suitcase, an immigrant girl comes to Canada from Poland. Her suitcase is filled with memories of the Warsaw Ghetto where she left behind her parents and sister.


“To witness and experience, arguably the worst period in history, yet still have the dignity and strength to rebuild from the ashes, is beyond admirable. It is super-human.   It is our honor and privilege to have Mrs. Lillian Boraks-Nemetz come and share her experiences with us.” Said Rabbi Berel Paltiel of the Chabad Jewish center.

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