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Lillian Boraks-Nemetz (born 1933 in Warsaw, Poland) is a Canadian novelist, poet, and translator. She is a contributor to Hoping for Home.


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Boraks-Nemetz was born in Warsaw, Poland, and survived the Holocaust as a child. She was incarcerated in the Warsaw Ghetto for eighteen months and spent the reminder of the war hiding in several Polish villages under an assumed name. Her family immigrated to Canada in 1947, arriving in Montreal and moving to Vancouver, and then Victoria in 1949. She attended St. Margaret’s School for girls, and began studies at the University of British Columbia in 1965. After completing a Bachelor and Master degrees in Comparative Literature, she began to teach Creative Writing at UBC.

Boraks-Nemetz co-founded the Holocaust Child Survivor Group of Vancouver, BC, and was Chair for four years. She is an ongoing speaker for the Holocaust Centre for Education and Remembrance, in its Outreach Program, giving frequent talks on the Holocaust and racism to Elementary and Secondary School students.

Her book, The Old Brown Suitcase, won the 1995 Sheila A. Egoff Childrens’ BC literary prize, the Rachel Bassin Prize of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto, and was short-listed for the Geoffrey Bilson children’s historical prize. It was recognized by Communication-Jeunesse as one of the best children's books in French for 1998. The Sunflower Diary, a sequel to The Old Brown Suitcase, was published in 1999 and was nominated by OLA for The Red Maple Award. The Lenski File, the third book of the Slava trilogy, was published in December 2000.


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Selected works[]

  • The Old Brown Suitcase (1994)
  • The Sunflower Diary (1999)
  • The Lenski File (2001)
  • Tapestry of Hope (2003) (with Irene N. Watts)
  • Mouth of Truth (2017)

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