Friedmann in Czechoslovakia, was liberated in from Auschwitz and came to the United States on a refugee boat in She has a Ph. Her blonde braids and tall stature save her from instant death in the crematorium.
What is death all about? What is life all about? So wonders thirteen-year-old- Elli Friedmann, just one of the many innocent Holocaust victims, as she fights for her life in a concentration camp.
It wasn't long ago that Elli led a normal life; a life rich and full that included family, friends, school, and thoughts about boys. A life in which Elli could lie and daydream for hours that she was a beautiful and elegant celebrated poet.
But these adolescent daydreams quickly darken in Marchwhen the Nazis invade Hungary. First Elli can no longer attend school, have possessions, or talk to her neighbors. Then she and her family are forced to leave their house behind to move into a crowded ghetto, where privacy becomes a luxury of the past and food becomes a scarcity.
Her strong will and faith allow Elli to manage and adjust somehow, but what Elli doesn't know is that this is only the beginning and the worst is yet to come I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time a story of hope, faith, perseverance and love.
A true account of the author as a 13 year old from Hungary sent to Auschwitz and then Dachau. Violent, haunting, grisly, hopeful, brave, and astonishing.
A lump in your throat, tears rolling down your cheeks account that makes you count your blessings. Hancock and 6th grade for recommending this life changing book. Also, the entire book is written in the first-person which gives it a startling immediacy.
It has garnered hundreds of deservedly glowing reviews, both here and on Amazon, so I won't take the trouble of summarizing it but the following sections hit me upside the head: The joyful ethnic pride she discovers in the Jewish ghetto: The cock-feathered policement who had trampled on our sofas and our self-esteem, the Gentile neighbors who were afraid to say good-bye, the Jancsi Novaks, the kind, gentle friends who have not attempted to send a note of synpathy, the peasant wagon drivers who dutifully accepted wages from us for delivering us to the enemy.
A tall fence separates us. A world separates us because they do not understand.
We put up sheets around bathtubs in the yard in order to take baths. We cook on open stoves, We stand in long lines for the toilet. No friendship or love binds as this deep, spontaneous, easy mutuality. The dry, mudlike lump turns into wet sand particles in my mouth. It is a dark green, thick mass in a battered washbowl crusted with dirt.
You tilt the bowl until the mass slides to the edge, then gulp. The dark mush smells and looks repulsive. The edge of the bowl is rusty and cracked and uneven with dried-on smut. My nausea returns in a flash. When one officer tells Bitton-Jackson's partially paralyzed mother not to worry, that "here you will get better.
We will take good care of you" the daughter's response is "I am surely dreaming. Ms Bitton-Jackson told us the story of that pretty picture of her on the cover of the book. It was a miracle. She no longer had any possessions after having lived for a long period in concentration camp.
A time when she often shared raw potatoes secretly with the other prisoners.Dr. Bitton-Jackson is the author of "I Have Lived a Thousand Years and Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust," which received the Christopher Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award and the Jewish Heritage Award.
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Livia Bitton-Jackson's I Have Lived a Thousand Years is her story of life during WWII and the holocaust. Livia, known as Elli, was 13 years old when her family was forced out . Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust Hardcover – by Livia E. Bitton Jackson (Author) out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews.
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Livia Bitton-Jackson Loosly Autobiographical Piece, Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust” - Livia Bitton-Jackson was born in , in Czechoslovakia. At the age of 13 she was taken to a concentration camp in Auschwitz, and was liberated in