This true story follows the Gold family and the oldest daughter, Shoshana. The book begins with the Jewish family’s idyllic prewar life in Poland. It then follows their journey during the war years, when they were forced to hide in a cramped, secret enclosure for twenty-six months, facing appalling conditions, starvation and fear of imminent betrayal and capture. A heart-stopping testament to the human spirit.
|Publisher:||Second Story Press|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.70(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 17 Years|
About the Author
Ella Burakowski is a second-generation Holocaust survivor. For eighteen years, she has written a monthly national column in The Canadian Jewish News. Her novel, Hidden Gold, is the story of her mother’s experiences during World War II.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There was a lot of hype in my reading group about this book and 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 inhumane for extorting a huge sum of money monthly from a family in desperation, 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 her 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.