Of all the Holocaust books I've had read this account of Alicia's life at the young age of 9-13 is just incredible! Her courage, quick thinking, empathy, creativity, and ability to save so many lives besides her own so unselfishly tells the story of what a special person Alicia is. Even when she is offered stability, a home, a family, new clothes, and a comfortable life again;she kindly refused it and struck out on her own as a young teenager to again travel toward her destiny. This is a story with a message that is timeless, and a story for every reader!
This was a little different then the usual Holocaust survivor account. Alicia was a young jewish girl when the Germans invaded Poland. It is a different account because Alicia was never sent to a concentration camp but survived in the fields and small villages of Poland. And she was apparently the luckiest person that survived that war. Some of the situations she managed to get out of were amazing. The book also spends quite a bit of time discussing what happened in Europe in the couple of years immediately following the war, which was very interesting. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Holocaust.
This has got to be one of the best Holocaust era books I have read. It follows the life and hardships of a teenage girl throughout the Holocaust in Poland. It is inspiring, educational, and one not to forget.
This is a great story about a survivor of the Nazis. This is written more like a novel then a non-fiction book, but sadly you have to keep reminding yourself that it did truly happen. I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in the Holocaust, the Jewish struggle, or even world war 2. I can't say enough how good this book was. Please read!
A young girl's experience of the Nazi pogrom in her Polish hometown is related with an immediacy undimmed by time in her autobiography. In 1942, the author and her family undergo a brutal separation. Thirteen-year-old Alicia escapes her captors, fleeing through fields and woods, encountering fellow refugees and occasionally finding safe harbors. Although she sees her mother's wanton murder and endures physical and mental deprivation, the teenager is supported by faith in family and in the goodness of people. Capable of rallying others, she eventually heads a group who settle in Palestine. In 1949, she marries an American in Haifa and moves to the United States. Long and on occasion rambling, her story contributes to an infamous history as a tale, not only of survival, but of active resistance to oppression.
From Library Journal:
A Polish Jew, the author re-creates her efforts to survive in Nazi-dominated, war-torn Poland. Between the ages of ten and 15, she suffered terrible hardships and encountered numerous brushes with death. This is a potentially useful addition to Holocaust literature, for although she never experienced the death camps, Appleman-Jurman lived in constant peril and managed to survive only through an extraordinary combination of luck and street sense. Unfortunately, the heavy use of dialogue reconstructed more than 40 years later has an unsettling effect on the mood and plausibility of this interesting and frequently horrifying survival narrative. Still, public libraries should consider. Mark R. Yerburgh, Trinity Coll. Lib., Burlington, Vt.
This is one of my favorite books. It is a reflection
of a cruel time in history. Alicia is a strong girl
who overcome many obsticles to be a survivor of WWII.
I recommend this book to anyone interested in a true