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

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Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, 1997 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 224 pages
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The intimate and haunting memoir of a teenager who survived the Nazi death camps

Thirteen-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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AMAZING and heartwrenching all in one book !

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This is my 2nd purchase of this book just to have a copy to keep for myself. I loaned it a year ago and it has been loaned to so many people !!! Everyone acknowleges it has changed their life . Its ... Read full review

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I read this book once when I was younger and loved it. I always mention it when people bring up books about the Holocaust but no one ever has heard of it but it is an amazing book. I always reccomend it. Read full review


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About the author (1997)

Livia Bitton-Jackson, born Elli L. Friedmann in Czechoslovakia, was thirteen when she, her mother, and her brother were taken to Auschwitz. They were liberated in 1945 and came to the United States on a refugee boat in 1951. She received a PhD in Hebrew culture and Jewish history from New York University. Dr. Bitton-Jackson has been a professor of history at City University of New York for thirty-seven years. Her previous books include "Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust", which received the Christopher Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, and the Jewish Heritage Award. Dr. Bitton-Jackson lives in Israel with her husband, children, and grandchildren.

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