"In a graphic present-tense narrative, this Holocaust memoir describes what happened to a Jewish girl who is 13 when the Nazis invade Hungary in 1944. She tells of a year of roundups, transports, selections, camps, torture, forced labor, and shootings, then of liberation and the return of a few. . . . Horrifying as her experience is, she doesn't ...Read More"In a graphic present-tense narrative, this Holocaust memoir describes what happened to a Jewish girl who is 13 when the Nazis invade Hungary in 1944. She tells of a year of roundups, transports, selections, camps, torture, forced labor, and shootings, then of liberation and the return of a few. . . . Horrifying as her experience is, she doesn't dwell on the atrocities. There is hope here. . . . A final brief chronology of the Holocaust adds to the value of this title for curriculum use with older readers".--"Booklist", boxed review.Read Less
I was spell bound. She was honest but at the same time the tone of her story is that if you just keep going and don't give up that is life and discouragement leads to death. I appreciate the lesson in life she gives. Easy to read.
Nov 7, 2008
An unbelievably emotional experience
It was hard to keep in mind that this is a true account of what people had to live through. I kept trying to put myself in their place in my mind to really get to feel what they must have had to endure. I can never actually understand how anyone could survive the things described in these pages but, it just shows the strength of the human spirit and body. I doubt I could have lived throught it. I commend the author for being able to write about her experiences . I would reccomend this book to anyone who has an intrest in seeing what true love, strength and determination is. I would hope everyone would be able to read it so horrors like these would be exposed and never happen again. God bless them all.
Publishers Weekly, 1997-02-03 Born in a small farming town in Hungary, Bitton-Jackson was 13 when Nazis forced her and her family into a Jewish ghetto and then sent them to Auschwitz. After a yearful of innumerable harrowing experiences, she was liberated. While the facts alone command attention, Bitton-Jackson's supple and measured writing would compel the reader even if applied to a less momentous subject. She brings an artist's recall to childhood experiences, conveying them so as to stir fresh empathy in the target audience, even those well-versed in Holocaust literature. She relates, for example, how the yellow star made her feel marked and humiliated, reluctant to attend her school's graduation; how existence in the ghetto, paradoxically, made her happy to be Jewish for the first time in her life; how an aunt terrified the family by destroying their most valuable belongings before deportation, so that the Germans could not profit by them. Her descriptions of Auschwitz and labor camps are brutal, frank and terrifying, all the more so because she keeps her observations personal and immediate, avoiding the sweeping rhetoric that has, understandably, become a staple of much Holocaust testimony. Of particular interest is her relationship with her mother, who survived with her (in part because of the author's determination and bravery after an accident left her mother temporarily paralyzed). An exceptional story, exceptionally well told. Ages 12-up. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1999-03-08 PW's starred review called this memoir, of a 13-year-old Hungarian Jewish girl's incarceration in Auschwitz, "an exceptional story, exceptionally well told." Ages 12-up. (Mar.)
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