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The story is true. The app is groundbreaking. The Survivor is still alive -- thanks to a dog named Brisko.
Steven Winkelstein
Boulder, Colorado
United States
4 Team Members


My name is Steven Winkelstein, author of Brisko: A True Tale of Survival. Brisko is a true story about one of the last living Holocaust Survivors. This campaign is vital to the future of Holocaust education. With your help, Brisko won't just be a paperback book, Brisko will be an interactive app, ensuring that the next generations are informed and aware of what once happened and can never happen again.

(The Righteous Gentiles who protected Libe, the Survivor. They are pictured with Brisko the dog.)

The Story

Libe and her family are taken in by a farmer named Pavlo, who has nothing to gain from his display of humanity, and everything to lose - including his family. As the ghetto in Tuchin burns and the Nazis hunt them daily, Libe’s family must rely on their cunning, hope, and faith to endure. As their journey swells with danger and despair, their faith begins to wane, and Libe finds that her very survival will depend upon her miraculous hero, Brisko.

Click here to read a teaser from the book.

The State of the Project

The book is written and edited, but there's still much more work to do!

We've teamed up with some amazing partners on this project. Twin Engine Labs is the company that brought you the Morris Lessmore app, based on the Oscar Award winning best animated short. The app flew to #1 in the Apple App Store. These are the same guys who are right now working to build Brisko into a groundbreaking app.

Other costs include editing, marketing, graphic design, and production of the physical copies of Brisko. It's a massive undertaking, but with your support, this project will provide many future generations with an important window into one girl’s story about a time that we can never forget.

Your Rewards

This is where your rewards come in. By pledging a donation and backing this project, not only do you become part of history, but you also receive a valuable reward.

The reward tier on the right of this page is designed to provide everyone who wants to contribute with an option that fits their comfort zone. We strived to provide amazing value in all of our rewards. As you browse the choices, please note the pricing system is based on multiples of 18. This is consistent with the Jewish tradition of giving in multiples of 18, or "Chai," in celebration of life.

The Impact

Imagine that a classroom full of sixth graders opens up their books and instead of just words, it's also a classroom discussion linked to every school in the country, an unlimited number of historical resources, and a complete visual guide to the war machines and the geography in the book.

By mixing narrative and history, Brisko is a fresh look at the Holocaust for a new generation. Our vessel will be the first of its kind in our genre, with interactive learning material and beautiful visuals for the casual reader. Interactivity and engagement will include maps, photos, videos, audio overlay from our True Survivor, social interactivity, and networked classroom discussion capabilities. This is 21st century learning on a subject that has no contemporary learning tools. Brisko will be the first of its kind.

Having previously written and published five children's books, I am certain that Brisko will find success. I invite you to be a part of that.

Other Ways You Can Help

First, you can back the project now. Next, you can share this. Share the Indiegogo link (igg.me/at/brisko) in an email, in a telephone conversation, over breakfast with your family or friends, and share it at the office. Stress to those people that you share with, that it is of great importance that they also share this project. The more participation in our story, the greater our chances are that our Survivor will never be forgotten, and neither will the 1.1 million other children, who had to die during the Holocaust. Help us bring Brisko to the world, because it's important.

We thank you for taking this mission into your hands. Remember, this is your project now.

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raised by 64 people in 1 month
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$54,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on November 14, 2013
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  • $1USD
    The Simple One

    Access to every step of our publishing process. Receive thanks on our website and stay updated on all of our progress. Every dollar helps and every subsequent rewards package includes the rewards from "THE SIMPLE ONE!"

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: December 2013
  • $9USD
    The Wise One

    The app! The Brisko app is an interactive, illustrated book that will change Holocaust education for generations to come. For under $10 we want you to have that experience.

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $18USD

    One app for you and one for a friend. "Chai" is used in Jewish culture and represents life! In the spirit of life and sharing, this reward will help you connect with friends and loved ones in a powerful way.

    5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $36USD
    Double Chai!

    The app plus a physical paperback copy of Brisko.

    22 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $54USD
    Triple Chai!

    You'll receive the app, the paperback copy, and a real photograph of the Righteous Gentiles with Brisko the dog, who all helped save the Survivor's life.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $108USD
    The Bubala

    The app plus an author-autographed fully illustrated hardback copy of Brisko.

    15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2014
  • $468USD
    The Mitzvah

    All of the rewards in "The Chosen" package, PLUS: if you have a true story of survival about you or someone close to you, you'll get your story published on our website. You also receive a free hour-long consultation with the author about publishing.

    0 out of 15 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2014
  • $936USD
    The Maven

    All of our rewards plus an autographed leather-bound illustrated, limited edition of Brisko. The Survivor and the author will put their signatures in your leather-bound book.

    0 out of 5 claimed
    Estimated delivery: August 2014
  • $2,808USD
    The Mensch

    Everything listed in "The Maven" package with this addition: the author will visit a school of your choice within the continental U.S. for a one hour discussion of Brisko.

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
  • $5,616USD
    The Righteous

    All of our rewards, plus a 10 App package, and 10 paperback copies of Brisko for you to share with the world. You'll also receive our gratitude expressed in a handwritten letter from the author.

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2014
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