Imagine being a 13-year-old girl in love with boys, school, family - life itself. Then suddenly, in a matter of hours, your life is shattered by the arrival of a foreign army. You can no longer attend school, have possessions, talk to your neighbors. One day your family has to leave your house behind and move into a crowded ghetto, where you lose all privacy and there isn’t enough food to eat. Still you manage, somehow, to adjust. But there is much, much worse to come...
This is the memoir of Elli Friedmann, who was 13 years old in March 1944, when the Nazis invaded Hungary. It describes her descent into the hell of Auschwitz, a concentration camp where, because of her golden braids, she was selected for work instead of extermination. In intimate, excruciating details she recounts what it was like to be one of the few teenage camp inmates, and the tiny but miraculous twists of fate that helped her survive against all odds. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is a searing story of cruelty and suffering, but at the same time it is a story of hope, faith, perseverance, and love. It will make you see the world in a new way - and it will make you want to change what you see.
©1997 Livia Jackson (P)2013 AudioGO
I did not really enjoy this book at all. I felt like the story was very vague and all I can remember is her saying "My God, My God" through the whole thing. I did not get emotionally attached to the characters and therefore found it hard to enjoy.
No, I like this part of history and will continue to read and listen to books about it.
No. I did not like her voice.
Insiders view of concentration camp life and trials
the thought processes of the main character Elli
so very much I cannot say
A very very good book on a very very sad sad story (with a positive ending!....) Everyone should read this book. The problem is US.... all of us.... not 'the Germans' it's us. This book, though not intentionally (I think) points that out. It is us not 'them' that brutalizes mankind.... which is why we ALL need a redeemer.
I wanted to read this book because I am interested in history. For me the narrator ruined the story. The story itself is interesting, but the narrator was in my opinion suboptimal.
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