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Renate Krakauer

Photo: Jonni Super 2015

Renate Krakauer’s career included senior roles in education, and in municipal and provincial governments. When she retired, she was President and CEO of The Michener Institute for Applied Health Sciences. She holds the following degrees: BScPhm, MES, DHSt(Hon), EdD. Renate has published award-winning short fiction in a number of literary journals, among them Parchment, The Storyteller, Skive and Foliate Oak. Her personal essays have appeared in the The Globe and Mail, Dovetails: A Journal of and by Christian/Jewish Families, and two anthologies, Living Legacies and Marking Humanity. She has written a short memoir of her childlhood as a Holocaust survivor, But I Had a Happy Childhood. She collaborated on a play, I'm Still Here, which has been widely used in Canada and the USA for teaching about Alzheimer's disease.

Only by Blood is her first novel. It is the story of a search for roots, mother-daughter love, and family reconciliation. Spanning over sixty years, this story tells about the lengths to which mothers will go in order to save their daughters and the secrets they will keep to protect them from pain. Set in the broader context of the fraught relationship of Poles and Jews during and after the Second World War, it depicts the circumstances that made some ordinary people behave heroically while others betrayed their friends and neighbours.

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But I Had a Happy Childhood. Azrieli, 2009
Only by Blood. Inanna Publishing, 2015


Silver Quill Society Second Place in Best Short Stories of 2006 for "The Dream" in Parchment: Contemporary Canadian Jewish Writing, 2006
"The Day After" Winner of third place in Best of the Year for The Best of Foliate Oak , 2007-2008
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Presentation Description

As a child Holocaust survivor, I have been a presenter for the Azrieli Foundation and for the Holocaust Education Committee of Toronto to groups of children and adults. My backgound as an educator together with my experience allows me to tailor the presentation to the level of interest and compehension of the audience. I use my memoir, But I Had a Happy Childhood, and my novel, Only by Blood, in a presentation that includes reading and interaction with the audience. I am particularly proud of presentations I made to 70 grade 5 students at the Maple Public Library and to a grade 3  class in a Catholic school during Holocaust Education Week for the enthusiastic response I received.

Presentation Length:
30-45 minutes
Memoir and fiction
5 - 9
Audience size:
Northern OAC WITS:
One session:
$$0 except for transportation and accommodation if required
GST not applicable