Paula's Window: Papa, the Bielski Partisans, and A Life Unexpected
By Paula Burger (As told to Andrea Jacobs)
Paula Burger was only a child when she and her younger brother, Denver's beloved Cantor Isaac Koll, survived the Holocaust with the Bielski partisans.
Now Paula, an accomplished painter and grandmother, has written an account of her harrowing childhood experiences and the heroic efforts of her father, Wolf Koladicki (z'l), to protect his children under the most trying of circumstances. On this week's edition of Radio Chavura, Paula explains her reasoning for writing with book and the lessons it provides.
Writes Robert Bielski in the foreword to the book: "Paula's story brings the pain and suffering of her experience to the forefront so that her family, students and all generations to come will learn of the evil brutality that Paula, her brother Isaac and her father Wolf endured."
[Note: Those who read Paula's Window will immediately recognize the skilled and moving writing of Andrea Jacobs, the senior writer at the Intermountain Jewish News. For 2 1/2 years, Andrea meet weekly with Paula to capture and relay Paula's experiences. Andrea "possesses a rare and beautiful gift - a heart that hears," Paula writes in the book's acknowledgements. "Without her talent, dedication, sensitivity and compassion, this book would not exist."
Paula will be featured at a BMH-BJ luncheon on Sunday, June 8th. Come hear her speak and purchase a signed copy of her book.