Amy marked it as to-read Aug 14, Zoe marked it as to-read Aug 22, Mary White marked it as to-read Sep 28, Corina De haan marked it as to-read Jan 02, Lisa marked it as to-read Apr 10, Margaret Thornton marked it as to-read Nov 18, Sherman marked it as to-read Dec 17, Becky Schmid marked it as to-read Dec 23, Maria marked it as to-read Jan 05, Karen marked it as to-read Jan 16, Teresa Tse marked it as to-read Jan 31, Kristina Morgan marked it as to-read Feb 07, Kristi Clodfelter marked it as to-read Feb 12, Yoav Mentesh marked it as to-read Mar 28, Nayla Hdz marked it as to-read Apr 22, Barbara Cochran marked it as to-read Apr 24, Lynette Lown marked it as to-read Jun 15, Becky marked it as to-read Aug 04, Alicia Appleman-Jurman May 9, — April 8, ,  also known as Alicia Ada Appleman, was a Polish -born Israeli — American memoirist, born in Rosulna, Poland present-day Rosilna, Ukraine , who has written and spoken about her experiences of the Holocaust in her autobiography, Alicia: The sole female and the second-youngest child of Sigmund and Frieda Jurman in a family of five children, Alicia Jurman was raised from the age of five in Buczacz.
Her parents and four brothers Moshe, Bunio, Herzl and Zachary were all murdered during the Holocaust. She escaped the Germans by being thrown through the window of a train taking her family to an extermination camp. After Germany's defeat, she joined the underground group Bricha , helping smuggle Jews out of Poland to Austria, then on to the Palestine Mandate, which would become Israel. The ship's crew and passengers were sent to Cyprus and interned for eight months there. In December , Jurman made it to the Palestine Mandate. We got to talk in the car ride to my school about an hour and she told me how she speaks with kids of many different backgrounds, even to Palestinian children and loves all of them and is so saddened by their suffering.
She also mentioned speaking more recently to kids of the Bosnian conflict this was in She spoke to our school saying, "Germans weren't the enemy. Hate is the enemy, and the only thing that can overcome hate is love. Then, knowing what a big fan I was, she handed me a hard back book version of her book, mentioned that she had to get it from her daughter, so to please not loan it to anyone and keep it safe because there weren't any more, and took pictures with me. She is an amazing human being and genuinely loves and shares with everyone.
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She is someone who has truly overcome her trials with love. Apr 01, Nan rated it it was amazing. What a moving book.
I have read a number of Holocaust books but this is the first book I read, that described the events and horrors in Poland. The fight to live and the sacrifice of her mother were profound. It is a great history lesson with many life lessons as well. It made me appreciate my country, family and freedoms. Jul 14, Alicia rated it it was amazing Shelves: The courage and determination of this girl was incredible and her memoir broke my heart. Dec 22, Kadejah rated it it was amazing. I read this book last year and did a book review in my history class on it.
This story like Anne Frank is based off of a true story of a young girl living through the Holocaust. Unlike Frank, Alicia was younger and not as fortunate to have the support of her family. Throughout most of the story Alicia traveled alone just trying to stay alive. Unlike many of the stories I previously read about the Holocaust, this story was about a girl still living in the open world and how difficult it was for h I read this book last year and did a book review in my history class on it.
Unlike many of the stories I previously read about the Holocaust, this story was about a girl still living in the open world and how difficult it was for her to adapt. Starvation became second nature to her. Constant hiding was her key to survival. The whole story itself seemed so surreal. To imagine a brave little girl not even in her teenage years, being able to overcome immense devastation yet continue on the quest for freedom. Miraculously Alicia escaped the Jewish destined death several times. Along the way Alicia passed on her bravery and ambition to others. This book is an inspirational story that can restore hope in anyone who chooses to read it.
Due to the powerful content of this book I believe that this will be a story that I always remember and encourage others to read. Dec 16, Lynell Powers added it. Referencing Alica as a survivor of the Holocaust is to do her a huge disservice. Her diligence, determination and love for others is of the highest ethics, nearly beyond compare.
It is impossible for me to put into words the admiration and respect she has many times highly earned in her long ordeal of a nightmare where most would just perish. During, at the close of and after WW11 she rose above even her own need to survive by making huge personal sacrifices very close to the point of her death Referencing Alica as a survivor of the Holocaust is to do her a huge disservice. During, at the close of and after WW11 she rose above even her own need to survive by making huge personal sacrifices very close to the point of her death to assure others of substance, shelter, motivation and personal warmth.
It is impossible for me to sum up her achievements here as it is my admiration for her.
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It is rare indeed for an author to state more beyond brave facts about themselves so underscored of personal merit. All the world should be her stage not just to tell her story but more importantly to best understand the proper motivation of the facts of life accordingly. Jun 11, Summer added it. I don't like to give a rating to an autobiographical account. I will say that Alicia's story is one that I am so glad I read. She is an amazing, kind, feisty, incredibly brave and resilient child. This was such an interesting book for the true life experience of a holocaust survivor that does NOT involve an account of a concentration camp.
Alicia's story tells of her experience as a Polish Jew during WWII with as much tragedy and suffering as any, and after as she and the other survivors deal w I don't like to give a rating to an autobiographical account. Alicia's story tells of her experience as a Polish Jew during WWII with as much tragedy and suffering as any, and after as she and the other survivors deal with so much loss, and their sense of displacement and their desire to find a place where they will not only be free from persecution, but free from the horrible memories that can't be erased in their homelands.
Jan 15, Astrid M rated it really liked it. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Alicia is a young girl that lives in Buczacz with her family. The holocaust starts and killing happens, part of her family is killed in the process. She is moved to another town and their she works hard to provide for her mother and brother. She is taken away from her family many times but miraculously she is able to come home. While trying to hide from the Germans and Ukraine she helps many other Jewish strangers.
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In the process of her and her mother hiding, her mother is killed. Which leads h Alicia is a young girl that lives in Buczacz with her family. Which leads her to be an orphan and have to survive on herself. In the course of 5 years she suffers until she is able to semi-relax with some very helpful people. Then she decides that is time for her go back to her hometown, which in the process she ends in prison.
Finally she is set free where she able to do her life; she falls in love and gets married. My favorite character in the book is Alicia because she is one of the strongest person I have read about. She is a girl who even without hope she does not let things bring her down. My favorite part in the book is when Alicia says she will not let anything kill her; she will not let anything bring her down she will fight until the Nazis get the punishment they deserve.
This is my favorite because even after she has been beaten to the point of almost dying she still manages to have the energy and courage to not let herself lose hope. In the book there are many tragedies, so many I could not stop crying but the part that changed the mood when she is going back to Israel in a ship, and she is stuck with many children.
She takes away an inch every day to show the children how many days have past. She lets them touch to see how short is has gotten. This story is so good that it will keep you wanting more you would want to know what happened to everybody how or what she do next. This book does not leave you hanging at the end; but it does leave you hanging from detail. This book is full with people and scenes and in them I wish she would describe the places she would enter or how small or big things where.
I also did not like that she had written it after the war and a few years later making her experience sound less emotional. If her story was written back then maybe it would show her writing in a different position or with a different attitude. I also did not like how it was all rammed up. The author focused on telling her story rather then putting detail on what was happening; maybe that might also come by because the book was written after it all happened.
Over all I gave this book a four star rating because it was good book. The way she told her story and her experiences in the holocaust were well written. I really liked this book because it did not make me bored; it actually made me not want to put the book down. I went from chapter to chapter learning about Alicia. I would totally recommend this book to anyone who wants to know a little about the past. You will also learn a little about languages and cities from Europe. This book will not only fill you with knowledge about the past but also give you one more person to look up.
Aug 25, Chana rated it it was amazing Shelves: Too painful to review. Jul 19, Sunrise rated it it was amazing Shelves: It excels at everything. I am glad that I was told to read it in school, as I've re-read it on my own several times since. It is one of the few books that I reread and still enjoy. I knew this author twenty years ago and I have to say that I have so much love and respect for her.
Her book kept my attention from beginning to end.
I haven't read it recently so I am not sure if my opinion may have changed. Regardless her story is important and interesting and of course, heartbreaking. Jul 24, Freidl Grant rated it did not like it Shelves: This story has been proven repeatedly FALSE with hard documents and actual facts by Holocaust, literary, and history scholars around the world. That's why there's been such a huge push to get it out of school curricula. Jurman became persona non grata and was no longer welcome as a speaker at major Holocaust museums. She learned her place and to stay away since she's been found out and discredited.
So she contin This story has been proven repeatedly FALSE with hard documents and actual facts by Holocaust, literary, and history scholars around the world.
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So she continues her ruse by speaking to schools ignorant of the facts, in an intensely desperate claw for fame. I shudder at the thousands of people who have unwittingly believed her lies - and still do! It is a cold betrayal to all Holocaust survivors and victims, their families, and to readers. And to my dozen murdered cousins in Belarus. Perhaps more interesting than the story she presents is how someone could become so disturbed as to create a life and build a career on horrifying lies.
I spent five years helping Holocaust survivors file financial restitution claims from Germany, etc. The most banal details of the Holocaust are what I know about, not what the public knows, not what is sanitized for your protection. For me, to think anyone would LIE about these types of experiences I take personal offense. I am very glad I will never waste my time in her presence. It's merely a psychological study of someone with severe mental illness, someone who is a pathological liar.
Not only is there a ridiculous amount of documentary evidence of the truth of her story, I have been able to speak personally with her two best friends from childhood and Miep Gies, the woman who hid Anne. It happened, it's a very true story. View all 13 comments. Mar 13, Brooklyn harvey added it. This story was about the time of the Holocaust.