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Michael Skakun  

Historian, Lecturer, Author of "On Burning Ground", Son of Holocaust Survivor

Michael Skakun, the son of Holocaust survivors, is the author of "On Burning Ground: A Son's Memoir" (St. Martin's Press), the story of his father’s nerve-peeling, inspirational wartime survival. The recipient of a star and lead review in Publisher's Weekly, the book was described as "distinguished by outstanding writing and moral complexity." The Washington Post labeled this tale of extreme masquerade the "The Story of a Holocaust Houdini." In the "Oprah" reissue of his classic "Night," Nobel Peace Prize winner, Elie Wiesel chose "On Burning Ground" as one of five books for advanced reading about the Holocaust, in the company of "The Pianist" and "The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" among others. A feature film based on this story is now in preparation. Michael Skakun, born in Jaffa, Israel, and raised in New York, has served as a journalist, author, translator, speech writer, lecturer and public affairs specialist.

Speech Topics

List of Speech Topics

  • The Strategies of Survival
  • Decision Making Strategy in an Uncertain World
  • The Politics of International Rescue
  • Genocide & The Holocaust
  • Jewish Eastern European History
  • The Founding of the State of Israel

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