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I Have Lived a Thousand Years

(Elli Friedmann #1)

4.15  ·  Rating details ·  19,344 ratings  ·  829 reviews
What is death all about?
What is life all about?

So wonders thirteen-year-old- Elli Friedmann, just one of the many innocent Holocaust victims, as she fights for her life in a concentration camp. It wasn't long ago that Elli led a normal life; a life rich and full that included family, friends, school, and thoughts about boys. A life in which Elli could lie and daydream for
Paperback, 234 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 1997)
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Madelyn I am currently reading this book for an assignment in school (7th grade) I think this would be a good book for anyone age 13+ to read, as it is…moreI am currently reading this book for an assignment in school (7th grade) I think this would be a good book for anyone age 13+ to read, as it is somewhat a quick read, but also very detailed.(less)

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Dec 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: ww2
3.5 Stars

I have lived a Thousand Years is a well written, candid, and deeply poignant account of survival as a teenager in the Nazi death camps.

It is however the first book of a 3 parts series which I do think it is important to point out as I failed to observe this fact before reading the book and really felt the ending rushed until I realised it there are two other books in the series.

A First hand account of the life of a young teenager in a Nazi concentration camp, a difficult but important
Jan 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Barbara by: Chrissie
I cannot resist the urge to compare and contrast this book with Shanghai Diary: A Young Girl's Journey from Hitler's Hate to War-Torn China, which I read prior to this one. Both are written in the first-person perspective of a young teen during the Holocaust. Although their situations differed markedly, both were wrenched from their homes, stripped of personal properties, separated from loved ones and confined in inhumane situations. In Shanghai, the family had chosen to immigrate to avoid maltr ...more
Mar 30, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This might be one of the best Holocaust books I have read. A true account of the author as a 13 year old from Hungary sent to Auschwitz and then Dachau. Violent, haunting, grisly, hopeful, brave, and astonishing. A lump in your throat, tears rolling down your cheeks account that makes you count your blessings. Thank you Mrs. Hancock and 6th grade for recommending this life changing book.
Jan 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: world-war, holocaust
What sets Bitton-Jackson's Holocaust memoir apart from the others is that it is simultaneously poetic and graphic. Also, the entire book is written in the first-person which gives it a startling immediacy.

It has garnered hundreds of deservedly glowing reviews, both here and on Amazon, so I won't take the trouble of summarizing it but the following sections hit me upside the head:

The joyful ethnic pride she discovers in the Jewish ghetto:

"For the first time in my life, I am happy to be a Jew . .
I have to stop reading holocaust books....... The one I am reading now is a YA book, but I think it is one of the most gripping I have ever read. With little details the author puts you there in the concentration camp, naked, without clothes, in the showers, having your hair shorn off, being served soup filled with white squirming worms........No other holocaust book has done this to me so grittingly. I AM THERE. These are not just words on a page. You are equally torn when the Nazis take her ne ...more
Jan 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The first time I visited a synagogue, it was with a group of students and Ms Livia Bitton-Jackson was our teacher in Lehman College , the Bronx, New York, 1998. Ms Bitton-Jackson told us the story of that pretty picture of her on the cover of the book. It was a miracle. She no longer had any possessions after having lived for a long period in concentration camp. A time when she often shared raw potatoes secretly with the other prisoners. Years after the war, she visited Poland and found a place ...more
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh. My. Freaking. God.

I have no words to describe this.

Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir, non-fiction, ww11
A story that you really don't want to know about. BUT IT DID HAPPEN. So, you must read it to help you understand what took place and how the Jews were dealt with. Not a pretty picture described by Livia Britton-Jackson. How she and some of her family survived is unreal.
I need to reread this again so I won't forget the terrible events that took place in the concentration camps.
May 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Livia Bitton-Jackson tells her story as a young teenage child and how she survived the brutality of the Holocaust and the horrors of Auschwitz.Born Livia (Ellie) Friedmann in 1931 in the picturesque and sleepy town of Somorja between the Carpathians and the Danube, in a fairly religious Jewish home.
At the age of 13 Ellie witnessed the invading Nazis sweeping into her town and the life of the family was turned upside down. Ellie as particularly upset at her brand new bicycle being taken way by th
Once I started reading this book, I just couldn't put it down. Bitton-Jackson's frank and compelling memoir details the loss of her childhood to the Holocaust, surviving the concentration camps, and finding her way back home with her mother and brother, only to find everything destroyed (except for the jewelry buried in the basement), and her father dead, two weeks before liberation.

She was just a girl, 13 years old, with blonde hair and green blue eyes, who could easily pass as a non-Jew. A me
Hai Quan
Dec 30, 2018 rated it it was ok
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I just finished reading this with my two teenagers. We read this for our WWII homeschool unit. Such a well written book. Not only does it tell the account of Ellie, (a teenage Holocaust victim), living in a concentration camp. It also gives her account of labor camps, ghetto, and briefly her life after the war.

There are 2 more books to this account. My kids don’t want to read them. However, I will be reading them. Loved the writing and want to know more.

My kids were shocked at some of the thin
Jan 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own-ebook
This book is a must read in my opinion. It is a beautifully written account of a young girl and her experiences surviving the Holocaust. I appreciated her perspective. I have read a number of books about this time period but this was the first one where I felt they were able to adequately describe what it felt like to be slowly dehumanized. The humiliation and fear she faced. The times when she was able to naively adjust to the new way of living only to have it stripped away again and face a new ...more
Mar 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down. I will admit it was quite depressing at times as a "human being" that these terrible thing's took place and quite scary that something of this magnitude occured. The writing in this book is simple and straight foward. The descriptions (camps,food,clothing,injuries,emotions ect)written about in the book are very "real" to the reader. My heart goes out to the author and her family. There are no words to say how sorry I am to them for this terrible injustice. This bo ...more
Aditya Deshpande
Oct 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
There are but a handful of books who manage to take you to the heart of the nightmare that was the Holocaust. This is simply one of them. The pain, the horror and then that small simmer of hope - that too through the eyes of a 14 year old. This book is a must read.
Mar 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
wow... I have even more appreciation of the event after visiting a concentration camp last May in Germany. Truly an experience I'll never forget.
Kaden Gordon
Mar 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
Poor Elli Friedmann. She was one of the many victims of the Holocaust. I Have Lived a Thousand Years by Livia Bitton-Jackson is in her point of view. The description is amazing. I learned so much about the Holocaust from this book. "The Red Cross food trucks were a Nazi trap: They lined us up at the window with the ruse of the warm soup distribution in order to hit us more easily with machine-gun fire."
That point of view was very effective in this book. Since this book is like a biography, i
Nov 25, 2013 added it
Content notes to help you decide whether to read or recommend this book:

The author was 13 and living in a Hungarian town in Czechoslovakia at the start of her memoir and she was 14 at the end of the war. She would have been murdered on arrival at Auschwitz if the man sorting the adult women from the elderly and children had not liked the look of her blonde hair and told her 'you're sixteen now'. She must have been one of the youngest survivors of the camps.

As well as being in Auschwitz twice in
Linda Trionfo
Oct 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
If you are WWII buff like me you have to read this. I read it with the impression that it is another book about concentration camp life and eventually the liberation. But I was so impressed by her abilty to tell a story recalling what it was like as 13 year old going through it all. I was oddley unemotional through it all, all the things you have read before or seen about Death and labor camps, but her expirences and determantion were incrediable. When they were liberated I read it like any othe ...more
Aug 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who reads Holocaust subject matter, biographies, memoirs, non-fiction
Considering the subject matter, I don't know if I can say I liked this book, but it is a 4-star book.

Ellie is a 13 year old girl growing up in Hungary in March 1944. When the Nazi's invade, she can no longer go to school, talk to her friends ... and she has to wear a yellow star.
Childhood ends for Ellie as she and her family are first moved to a ghetto and then to the labor camps.
Ellie's story is about family, faith, and the will to survive.

I don't know why but lately I find myself reading more
Jan 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Heather by: Chrissie
This was such a heartbreaking story, as I knew it would be. And yet, among all the horrors thirteen year old Elli was enduring, was her strength and her incredible will to survive. I was just amazed at her strength! I honestly don't know, had I been in her place, if I could have been so strong.

I thought Elli's voice set a perfect tone for this book and the telling of her story. She writes very simply, and yet her words pack a huge punch. You can really hear the poet in her come through in her w
Oct 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all my friends
I just previewed this book to see if I could recommend it to my students, as we are currently studying the Holocaust. I have read many books on the Holocaust, but this one especially moved me. Perhaps because it is written by a woman (Livia Bitton-Jackson)who endured Auschwitz and various other camps when she was only thirteen years old. Livia's perspective is especially poignant. When liberated, a German civilian approached her and expressed amazement that someone her age could have survived. W ...more
Sep 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is a true story about a brilliant, stoic, and brave young Jewish girl from Hungary who lived through the devastation of concentration camps in the Holocaust. Pain, ridicule, hunger, starvation, thirst, abuse, torture, are just some of what she and her family endured. It is a miracle that she survived to write her story. I couldn't put this book down.
Dec 18, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
At 13, Livia Bitton-Jackson finds hope and miracles while journeying through the massive horror of the Holocaust. She reminded me to pause to listen to people who have stories that must be told. And to not turn away from injustices.
Easy read~ I would recommend this book to mature teens.

The story of the author growing up in the Holocaust.... written by a young girl's view point in first person. The book makes you feel apart of the family and glimpse into what their life was in several different death/work camps.

May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I think this is the most chilling account I've heard about what happens within the camps during the Holocaust. Anne Frank hides and doesn't survive to tell the tale of Bergen-Belsen, but Ellie, by a stroke of luck not granted to many, she lives through Auschwitz, Dachau, and forced factory labor. What she sees, what she's horrifying. In the end, I know it was best for me to read this, hard as it was to watch the horror that was this beyond tragic time.
What an amazing book! The way that Livia told her story as a young girl, called Elli, was wonderful. I cannot wait to read the next book in the series, as well as the book she published before these two, called simply, Elli.

Elli and her family were taken to Nazi Concentration camps but miraculously survive. The way that Livia told her story and the details that she provided in the books were terrible, yet so eye opening.

This is a wonderful book!
Jan 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. The last ten chapters leading up to their liberation really got me. You can read book after book of nonfiction regarding the concentration camps... and it's still just unbelievable what they endured. I'm thankful we have these survivors who were willing to share their painful stories with us. It's important to acknowledge what they went through.
Margaret McGrath
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: holocaust, my-books
Loved this book definite heart hitter
Abby Greenleaf
Apr 17, 2017 rated it liked it
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Livia Bitton-Jackson is an author and a Holocaust survivor. She was 13 years old when she, her mother, father, aunt and brother Bubi, were taken to Ghetto Nagymagyar. Eventually, they were transported to Auschwitz, the largest German concentration camp, where her brother and aunt were separated from Livia and her mother. Her aunt perished but her brother survived. She, her mother and brother were ...more

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“My hope is that learning about past evils will help us to avoid them in the future.” 26 likes
“My stories are of gas chambers, shootings, electrified fences, torture, scorching sun, mental abuse, and constant threat of death.
But they are also stories of faith, hope, triumph, and love. They are stories of perseverance, loyalty, courage in the face of overwhelming odds, and of never giving up!”
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