31 Days of Great Nonfiction: I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson

I Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson. Day 3 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate ReaderI Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The HolocaustI Have Lived A Thousand Years: Growing Up In The Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson. Day 3 of 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Books / Great Nonfiction Reads by The Deliberate Reader by Livia Bitton-Jackson

I’ve read a lot of Holocaust memoirs, and this one is a standout. Bitton-Jackson does a stellar job of describing her experiences trying to make it through the war. As a young Jewish girl in Hungary, she was insulated from many of the effects of the war until 1944.

The final year of the war brought incredible suffering: at 13 she was rounded up with her family and moved into a Jewish ghetto, where she was separated from her father and brother. After transportation to Auschwitz and surviving the selection process, inside the camp she endured torture and forced labor.

Her detailed story of survival in horrific circumstances is moving, and despite the circumstances, the book has an underlying message of hope that helps to prevent it from becoming a bleak recitation of events.

Publisher’s Description:
Livia Bitton-Jackson, born Elli L. Friedmann in Czechoslavakia, 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. This is her story, written for middle school or high school students.

31 Days of Great Nonfiction BooksIf you enjoyed this book, Livia’s story continues in My Bridges of Hope, which is also excellent.

Additional Holocaust memoirs which I highly recommend include:

To see all the books featured in 31 Days of Great Nonfiction Reads, go to the series page.

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Comments

  1. This looks like one I need to read. WWII history is very interesting to me. I visited Anne Frank’s attic ‘home’ in Holland when I was a girl and the holocaust became more real to me.

  2. Holocaust stories always seem to stay with me long after I’ve read them. Thanks for sharing the list of your favorite Holocaust books. My “books to read” list is already a mile long, but I think I might add a few of these anyway.

    • It feels weird to say that they’re one of my favorite subgenres, but they are. I find them so powerful and engrossing. Thanks for your visit & comment.

  3. Hi!
    I found you via The Nester. I’ve enjoyed looking through your posts and writing down new books! I’ll be back : )
    Mimi

  4. this looks like a great recommendation. (adding it to my list!) the hiding place was a book that stood out to me growing up…such remarkable faith and courage.

  5. I just requested this from my library! I can’t wait to read it. We visited the Holocaust Museum in DC earlier this year and I’ve been wanting to read more about what happened. This will be a perfect book.

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