Julie Canepa is the author of the Regional Emmy® Award winning
documentary Return to Auschwitz: The Survival of Vladimir Munk. The
documentary was filmed in 2020 when Julie accompanied Czech Holocaust
survivor Vladimir Munk to the 75 th anniversary of the liberation of
Auschwitz in Oświęcim, Poland.
The film had its premiere in front of a full house at The Strand Center for
the Arts in Plattsburgh, NY in the fall of 2021. Vladimir Munk was in
attendance and received a five-minute standing ovation. The film was
broadcast on Mountain Lake PBS in January of 2021 to their vast
viewership in New York, Vermont, Quebec, and Ontario. The film was
picked up for broadcast by over 300 PBS stations nationwide.
Julie wrote Vladimir’s Story, which chronicled Munk’s life from birth to his
liberation from the Nazis, for The Sun Community News. It ran in a series
of seven installments that were anxiously anticipated by the publication’s
readership. Julie’s work has appeared in numerous publications including
Adirondack Life, LOCALAdk, Northern HG&L, Strictly Business, the Lake
Champlain Weekly, and her blog, Small Town Girl Productions.
The Missing Star is Julie’s debut novel, self-published in July of 2023. It is a labor of love, and chronicles the lives of Vladimir Munk and his wife, Kitty Löwi, their lives as children growing up under German occupation, their deportation to the Terezin
ghetto, where they met and fell in love. When Vladimir is sent to Auschwitz,
and Kitty remains behind in Terezin, they promise to meet after the war in
a less complicated world.
Julie is a Culinary Institute of America-trained pastry chef, having owned
and operated several bakeries in New York’s Hudson Valley. For many
years, she was the lead singer in the regional band Oh!Betty. Julie
currently resides in the Adirondacks with her family.


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