Freda Miklin and Paula Burger
BY BOB SWEENEY
There is a heartwarming relationship between Freda Miklin and her mother Paula Burger. The honor begins with Paula who was a survivor of the Nazi Germany purge and certain death in a concentration camp. She escaped and lived three years in a forest, evading the Nazi’s, sleeping on the ground with partisan resistance fighters.
She now resides in Denver surrounded by her loving family. Most recently she suffered a severe auto accident that has her recovering. Her family visits her daily at a care facility and she is responding to treatment with their love and prayers.
In her book about her childhood experiences she dedicates her book entitled “Paula’s Window” to her parents Sarah and Wolf Koladicki. She writes, “They hold my most beautiful and painful memories. To my brother Isaac, with whom I spent three frightening years of my childhood. And to my children and grandchildren. You are the light that vanquished the darkness.”
Freda and husband Dr. Jerry Miklin have resided in the Preserve in Greenwood Village for decades, building the second home in the development. She has served on countless homeowner’s committees and city planning commissions, most recently serving as a council person from her district.
She and her mother are being honored, not for their public service, but for their lives of compassion and love for family members and the challenges that parents encounter. They are a talented pair with god gifted talents. Paula is a gifted artist with paintings displayed in the State Capitol. Freda has accomplished remarkable community service that is now blossoming in Villager newspaper pages. Her mother relates about her writing, “Freda has found her niche.”
Freda puts family first and is always there for her husband Jerry and their five children who have been surrounded by mother love during their lives. Forgiven are the cold meals while Mom is working.
We are very proud and humbled to select these two extraordinary women as our “Mothers of The Year.”
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