I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust

I Have Lived a Thousand Years Growing Up in the Holocaust The intimate and haunting memoir of a teenager who survived the Nazi death campsThirteen year old Elli Friedmann s life was changed forever when the Nazis invaded her homeland of Hungary In excruciati

  • Title: I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust
  • Author: Livia E. Bitton-Jackson
  • ISBN: 9780689810220
  • Page: 340
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The intimate and haunting memoir of a teenager who survived the Nazi death campsThirteen year old Elli Friedmann s life was changed forever when the Nazis invaded her homeland of Hungary In excruciating and immediate detail, the author describes her descent into the hell of Auschwitz and recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenaged camp inmates Through a serieThe intimate and haunting memoir of a teenager who survived the Nazi death campsThirteen year old Elli Friedmann s life was changed forever when the Nazis invaded her homeland of Hungary In excruciating and immediate detail, the author describes her descent into the hell of Auschwitz and recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenaged camp inmates Through a series of tiny but miraculous twists of fate, Elli managed to come out of the camp alive, together with her mother and her brother Although her story is heartbreaking, Elli s enduring hope, perseverance, strength, and love throughout her ordeal make it an inspiring one as well Readers will be moved by the intensity of Elli s spirit and will rejoice in her ability to overcome the nightmare that was her daily reality.

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    1. 3.5 Stars I have lived a Thousand Years is a well written, candid, and deeply poignant account of survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.It is however the first book of a 3 parts series which I do think it is important to point out as I failed to observe this fact before reading the book and really felt the ending rushed until I realised it there are two other books in the series.A First hand account of the life of a young teenager in a Nazi concentration camp, a difficult but important [...]

    2. I cannot resist the urge to compare and contrast this book with Shanghai Diary: A Young Girl's Journey from Hitler's Hate to War-Torn China, which I read prior to this one. Both are written in the first-person perspective of a young teen during the Holocaust. Although their situations differed markedly, both were wrenched from their homes, stripped of personal properties, separated from loved ones and confined in inhumane situations. In Shanghai, the family had chosen to immigrate to avoid maltr [...]

    3. This might be one of the best Holocaust books I have read. 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. Thank you Mrs. Hancock and 6th grade for recommending this life changing book.

    4. What sets Bitton-Jackson's Holocaust memoir apart from the others is that it is simultaneously poetic and graphic. 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 , 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: "For the first time in my life, I am happy to be a Jew . . . The [...]

    5. I have to stop reading holocaust books. The one I am reading now is a YA book, but I think it is one of the most gripping I have ever read. With little details the author puts you there in the concentration camp, naked, without clothes, in the showers, having your hair shorn off, being served soup filled with white squirming wormsNo other holocaust book has done this to me so grittingly. I AM THERE. These are not just words on a page. You are equally torn when the Nazis take her new Schwinn bicy [...]

    6. The first time I visited a synagogue, it was with a group of students and Ms Livia Bitton-Jackson was our teacher in Lehman College , the Bronx, New York, 1998. 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. Years after the war, she visited Poland and found a place [...]

    7. A story that you really don't want to know about. BUT IT DID HAPPEN. So, you must read it to help you understand what took place and how the Jews were dealt with. Not a pretty picture described by Livia Britton-Jackson. How she and some of her family survived is unreal.I need to reread this again so I won't forget the terrible events that took place in the concentration camps.

    8. Livia Bitton-Jackson tells her story as a young teenage child and how she survived the brutality of the Holocaust and the horrors of Auschwitz.Born Livia (Ellie) Friedmann in 1931 in the picturesque and sleepy town of Somorja between the Carpathians and the Danube, in a fairly religious Jewish home.At the age of 13 Ellie witnessed the invading Nazis sweeping into her town and the life of the family was turned upside down. Ellie as particularly upset at her brand new bicycle being taken way by th [...]

    9. Once I started reading this book, I just couldn't put it down. Bitton-Jackson's frank and compelling memoir details the loss of her childhood to the Holocaust, surviving the concentration camps, and finding her way back home with her mother and brother, only to find everything destroyed (except for the jewelry buried in the basement), and her father dead, two weeks before liberation. She was just a girl, 13 years old, with blonde hair and green blue eyes, who could easily pass as a non-Jew. A me [...]

    10. I could not put this book down. I will admit it was quite depressing at times as a "human being" that these terrible thing's took place and quite scary that something of this magnitude occured. The writing in this book is simple and straight foward. The descriptions (camps,food,clothing,injuries,emotions ect)written about in the book are very "real" to the reader. My heart goes out to the author and her family. There are no words to say how sorry I am to them for this terrible injustice. This bo [...]

    11. There are but a handful of books who manage to take you to the heart of the nightmare that was the Holocaust. This is simply one of them. The pain, the horror and then that small simmer of hope - that too through the eyes of a 14 year old. This book is a must read.

    12. wow I have even more appreciation of the event after visiting a concentration camp last May in Germany. Truly an experience I'll never forget.

    13. This book is a must read in my opinion. It is a beautifully written account of a young girl and her experiences surviving the Holocaust. I appreciated her perspective. I have read a number of books about this time period but this was the first one where I felt they were able to adequately describe what if felt like to be slowly dehumanized. The humiliation and fear she faced. The times when she was able to naively adjust to the new way of living only to have it stripped away again and face a new [...]

    14. Content notes to help you decide whether to read or recommend this book:The author was 13 and living in a Hungarian town in Czechoslovakia at the start of her memoir and she was 14 at the end of the war. She would have been murdered on arrival at Auschwitz if the man sorting the adult women from the elderly and children had not liked the look of her blonde hair and told her 'you're sixteen now'. She must have been one of the youngest survivors of the camps.As well as being in Auschwitz twice in [...]

    15. If you are WWII buff like me you have to read this. I read it with the impression that it is another book about concentration camp life and eventually the liberation. But I was so impressed by her abilty to tell a story recalling what it was like as 13 year old going through it all. I was oddley unemotional through it all, all the things you have read before or seen about Death and labor camps, but her expirences and determantion were incrediable. When they were liberated I read it like any othe [...]

    16. Considering the subject matter, I don't know if I can say I liked this book, but it is a 4-star book.Ellie is a 13 year old girl growing up in Hungary in March 1944. When the Nazi's invade, she can no longer go to school, talk to her friends and she has to wear a yellow star.Childhood ends for Ellie as she and her family are first moved to a ghetto and then to the labor camps.Ellie's story is about family, faith, and the will to survive.I don't know why but lately I find myself reading more and [...]

    17. This was such a heartbreaking story, as I knew it would be. And yet, among all the horrors thirteen year old Elli was enduring, was her strength and her incredible will to survive. I was just amazed at her strength! I honestly don't know, had I been in her place, if I could have been so strong. I thought Elli's voice set a perfect tone for this book and the telling of her story. She writes very simply, and yet her words pack a huge punch. You can really hear the poet in her come through in her w [...]

    18. I just previewed this book to see if I could recommend it to my students, as we are currently studying the Holocaust. I have read many books on the Holocaust, but this one especially moved me. Perhaps because it is written by a woman (Livia Bitton-Jackson)who endured Auschwitz and various other camps when she was only thirteen years old. Livia's perspective is especially poignant. When liberated, a German civilian approached her and expressed amazement that someone her age could have survived. W [...]

    19. This is a true story about a brilliant, stoic, and brave young Jewish girl from Hungary who lived through the devastation of concentration camps in the Holocaust. Pain, ridicule, hunger, starvation, thirst, abuse, torture, are just some of what she and her family endured. It is a miracle that she survived to write her story. I couldn't put this book down.

    20. At 13, Livia Bitton-Jackson finds hope and miracles while journeying through the massive horror of the Holocaust. She reminded me to pause to listen to people who have stories that must be told. And to not turn away from injustices.

    21. Easy read~ I would recommend this book to mature teens.The story of the author growing up in the Holocaust. written by a young girl's view point in first person. The book makes you feel apart of the family and glimpse into what their life was in several different death/work camps.

    22. Wow. The last ten chapters leading up to their liberation really got me. You can read book after book of nonfiction regarding the concentration camps and it's still just unbelievable what they endured. I'm thankful we have these survivors who were willing to share their painful stories with us. It's important to acknowledge what they went through.

    23. I stepped out of my normal literary comfort zone with this book. I normally prefer novels that do not shed light on the horrible historical events of the human race. The Holocaust is one portion of history that I have tried to avoid reading more about for most of my adult life because the reality of how the Jewish people were treated breaks down my confidence in humanity. This novel was difficult for me to get through because of my emotional involvement, but it was very well written drawing the [...]

    24. Horrifying MemoirI've read quite a number of Holocaust stories in my long life, and I Have Lived a Thousand Years, by Livia Britton-Jackson sits with all the others in terms of corroborating the terrible atrocities inflicted on the Jews in the concentration camps. And belive me, the author spares us no atrocity from verbal humiliation to physical torture, to the outright killing of human beings. The first person narrative told by a witness is powerful, but the audiobook version seems to magnify [...]

    25. "I Have Lived a Thousand Years" is a novel writen about the writers first hand experience as a thirteen year old girl who had to live through the holocaust. Livia Bitton-Jackson shows the reader, in depth, about her experience during the holocaust. From beginning to end the book is told in her piont of view as the events happen. While you read you get to see what she is seeing and can pactically feel what she is feeling, almost as if you were there. I believe this is why she wrote the book, to l [...]

    26. This is an amazing story of a young girls experience in the Holocaust. Elli was 13 years old when the Germans invaded her home country. Her young and able brother was sent to defend the Russian border for Germany. She, her mother, father, and aunt were sent to a ghetto where they spent several months. They were deprived of food and water while the Nazi's burned and stole their belongings. Her father was taken away first to a concentration camp. Finally, Elli, her mother, and aunt were taken to a [...]

    27. I wouldn't state that this was one of my favorite books that I have read recently about the Holocaust, but I would state it is the one that was able to draw out some emotions in myself. It reminded me of some of my own experiences in life, which helped me to understand this particular era in a more profound way than I had before reading it. I had to ultimately realize that the writing style of this book was geared towards a younger audience than myself because that was my main gripe with it that [...]

    28. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a detailed book about the Holocaust. It describes in detail the terrible abusive treatment of a thirteen year old named Eli Friedmann. She comes from an average Jewish family during the uprising of Hitler. Soon, Eli and her family were relocated to a ghetto, with no education and little food. Then, they find themselves taken to Auschwitz, a German concentration camp, where the whole family is separated and forced into labor. After months of terrible labor and cru [...]

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