I've read many Holocaust books but this one was different because it's about life as a survivor in the years right after liberation.The author shares the years after she came out of Auschwitz as a 14 y.o. in 1945 until she and her mother arrived in the United States in 1951 to join her brother, who had been able to emigrate soon after the war. It's a testament to the resiliency of survivors, who continue to live in the uncertain world of post WWII Eastern Europe. She writes too of the establishment of Israel. I did a paper on the White Papers for a college history class, and it was interesting to read her account of news stories from the time
After liberation from Auschwitz, 14 year old Elli, her brother and their mother attempt to rebuild their lives in Czechoslovakia. The atrocities of the Holocaust are behind them, and they are ready to return to their normal lives. But this is not so easy. It doesn't take long for Elli to realize that even though the war is over, anti-Semitism is not and she and her family decide to escape to America along with thousands of other Jews.
Getting from Czechoslovakia to America is an ordeal, what with the encroaching Iron Curtain and constant threat of attack by communists and anti-Semites along the way. Even after the war, life is certainly not without challenges.
Elli's memoir of her experiences after Auschwitz will cativate readers as they follow her throught heartache, frustration, adventure, excitement, love, and ultiamtely triumph.
I have not had the chance to read this book, although it looks interesting, so I thought I would post it to someone who might be able to enjoy it. The book is hardcover and the book and jacket are in perfect, smoke-free condition. :)
"This touching memoir, the sequel to I Have Lived a Thousand Years (S & S, 1997), covers the years between the end of the war in 1945 through the author's emigration from Europe to the United States in 1951. These years were filled with many things for Elli, as she was then known. Chief among them was her desire to learn as much as she could about her Jewish heritage and her commitment to it. Part of this dedication was the work she did for the Briha, an organization that helped transport refugees to Israel. She also became a teacher and found a new identity as a learned young woman. Elli felt very strongly about joining the pioneers in Israel but her mother was not up to the physical challenge of moving to the developing nation. Instead, they escaped from Czechoslovakia into Austria and eventually Germany to await departure to join Elli's brother in America. The young woman's story recounts a time in her life that was filled with both anxiety and hope, tears and joy. More than the simple account of a Holocaust survivor and the often terrible postwar years in Europe, this book is also the tale of a young woman discovering who she is and how she wants to spend the remainder of her life-something to which every young adult can relate. A fine conclusion to Bitton-Jackson's autobiography of her youth."
Carol Fazioli, The Brearley School, New York City, NY