About Ellen

The universe is made of stories, not of atoms.
Muriel Rukeyser


imageI believe that people have an enormous desire to create a meaningful narrative of their lives for themselves as well as to pass on the stories of their lives to succeeding generations.

My past professional experience as a social worker always informs my work as a personal historian. In 1993, I founded and then continued to direct Holocaust Services of Jewish Family & Children’s Service of Greater Boston, a program with the mission of providing direct social services to survivors of the Holocaust in order to enable them to age with dignity. So much of this work was predicated upon listening to survivors’ personal narratives and understanding how these narratives shaped their lives. I take the same approach to saving people’s life stories.

My enduring love of history and stories is at the heart of what I do now: assist people in telling their stories in their own words and preserving them.