Alicia: My Story

Alicia: My Story

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by Alicia Appleman-Jurman, Gabriel Appleman
     
 

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After losing her entire family to the Nazis at age 13, Alicia Appleman-Jurman went on to save the lives of thousands of Jews, offering them her own courage and hope in a time of upheaval and tragedy. Not since The Diary of Anne Frank has a young voice so vividly expressed the capacity for humanity and heroism in the face of Nazi brutality.

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After losing her entire family to the Nazis at age 13, Alicia Appleman-Jurman went on to save the lives of thousands of Jews, offering them her own courage and hope in a time of upheaval and tragedy. Not since The Diary of Anne Frank has a young voice so vividly expressed the capacity for humanity and heroism in the face of Nazi brutality.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A young girl's experience of the Nazi pogrom in her Polish hometown is related with an immediacy undimmed by time in her autobiography. In 1942, the author and her family undergo a brutal separation. Thirteen-year-old Alicia escapes her captors, fleeing through fields and woods, encountering fellow refugees and occasionally finding safe harbors. Although she sees her mother's wanton murder and endures physical and mental deprivation, the teenager is supported by faith in family and in the goodness of people. Capable of rallying others, she eventually heads a group who settle in Palestine. In 1949, she marries an American in Haifa and moves to the United States. Long and on occasion rambling, her story contributes to an infamous history as a tale, not only of survival, but of active resistance to oppression. Major ad/promo. (Nov.)
Library Journal
A Polish Jew, the author re-creates her efforts to survive in Nazi-dominated, war-torn Poland. Between the ages of ten and 15, she suffered terrible hardships and encountered numerous brushes with death. This is a potentially useful addition to Holocaust literature, for although she never experienced the death camps, Appleman-Jurman lived in constant peril and managed to survive only through an extraordinary combination of luck and street sense. Unfortunately, the heavy use of dialogue reconstructed more than 40 years later has an unsettling effect on the mood and plausibility of this interesting and frequently horrifying survival narrative. Still, public libraries should consider. Mark R. Yerburgh, Trinity Coll. Lib., Burlington, Vt.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780553282184
Publisher:
Random House Publishing Group
Publication date:
12/28/1989
Pages:
433
Sales rank:
239,094
Product dimensions:
6.82(w) x 10.96(h) x 0.85(d)
Lexile:
880L (what's this?)

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Elie Wiesel
This memoir is heartbreaking. I hope it will be read by Jews and non-Jews alike.
—Elie Wiesel, author of Night

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Alicia: My Story (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Fuji More than 1 year ago
This is the most disturbing and saddest story I have read in a long time. Alicia Jurman wrote this memoir about her childhood and youth during the Nazi occupation of Ukraine and Poland with love for her family and the few people who helped her. The only aspect of her story that is more courageous than her actions during this time, is the sheer fact that she was able to tell the story,thereby having to relive it. This book is so riveting, the reader will have a hard time putting it down. At the same time, it often is so terrifying that one is afraid to turn the page. I highly recommend this book. It made me think, made me ashamed of the actions of some members of the human race, and it gave me hope. If Alicia Jurman survived all of this, and still had a caring soul left, there is hope for the rest of us Perhaps this book should be made required reading for all High School students, as well as for all people old enough to remember theses times. While the Nazis and their collaborators committed these crimes, the entire wold nevertheless looked on and did nothing.
BALLOONMOM More than 1 year ago
This book was absolutely riveting. The author nearly lost her life on several occasions and lived to help so many others. I could not put this book down. Absolutely amazing what the human spirit can endure. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am in awe of Alicia. I am amazed that she survived the hell during WW II. I read her book and I cannot believe that she survived. I have read other accounts and I thought I learned all about the Holocaust, but I am wrong. Her book taught me so much. Alicia, along with Anne Frank, Livia Bitton-Jackson, and Gerda Weissman Klein, is my hero.
Caroline Gates More than 1 year ago
I could never get into Anne Frank, but this book and Alicia's survival is just amazing. In spite of all the bad things that happen to her, her courage is awesome. I love this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
the book is so touching that you feel all the emotions of her travels and heartbreak, it shows the strength and determination of a young girl in a horrific situation. a must read. The ending makes you cry with such relief and admiration for the young girl. We could all learn something from reading this book. Family is never forgotten and material things mean nothing in the end.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a heartwrenching journey. What a blessing we were given to read this journey.
Jennifer DiLucia More than 1 year ago
Very good book. covers so much and so many aspects of the Holocaust. Be careful with children and this book though, just read it first then decide. Older mature teens would be better.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read Alicia: My Story in 8th grade as part of a project on the Holocaust and WWII. Out of all the books I read during that time (includinf Night and The Cage), this was the most poigant and the most heartbreaking. I still cry when Alicia loses her mother, even though I know it is going to happen. It is a story of courge and strength. I have read it 5 times since the 8th grade and would reccomend it to anyone who wants to learn about the Holocaust. -Megan M. Sick, sophmore college student
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had the honor of meeting the author of this book shortly after reading it (as a sixth grader over 10 years ago). A friend of the family arranged for her to also come to my K-8 school and speak to the students. The book is the most amazing story I have ever read and after speaking with her in person I have nothing but respect and awe for Alicia. It took a lot to be able to dredge up the pain of the Holocaust, but she did it so others could learn from her life. Thank you Alicia, you forever changed my life.
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A must read for everyone. Well written and absolutely unbelievable. I cannot believe the strength of this woman, especially considering how young she was when her turmoil began. This was a wonderful surprise and I recommend this book to everyone.
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Highly recommend!This book should be included in every high school curriculum.This authors story is nothing short of AMAZING!I was hooked after the 1st page.I couldn't put it down.This book gave me an entirely new perspective on the holocaust and the persecution of the Jewish people and humanity itself.THANK YOU,Alicia Appleman-Jurman,for sharing your amazing story!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow - just wow. This book pulled at my heart strings. I read the whole book in a little more than a day - I could not put it down. What an amazing book & what an amazing woman the author is. God bless her. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a must read, all parents should have there kids 13 and up read this great and sad story. The kids of this genaration need to know just how good we in america have, adults also do not realize this very well could happen again, a must read!!!!!!!!
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I personally think that everyone should read this book. It is an amazing tale, I dont think that i could do what Alicia did in all af these situations. She is a truly amazing person. This book makes you think.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Alicia's story was one of the most touching that, I have ever read. She was a young girl who was faced with many problems financially and emotionally. Being a Jew made it quite difficult when it came to the Nazis. They would mistreat the Jews just because of their race. So you can say that they were quite prejudice. Although she had many deaths in her family, she was able to pull through and continue with her life. She was very young when she went out trying to trade with other people in order to get food or other items for her family. If she was caught by the Nazis while on this task she would have been sent to jail or probably be killed. So she had to live in fear most of her life. I would recommend this book because it was very interesting. Although there were many tragic incidents, it made me what to read further. I think that no one who is not able to handle tragic incidents should read the book because they would probably break down. This book also thought me how and why the Nazis treated the Jews that way and it is sad to know that all around the world, there are people who went through Alicia's problems and were in need of help just like her. Alicia also obtained help from some great people in this book. She had people who saved her from death and this enabled her to go back to her family who loved her and would do anything for her. I think that her writing would inspire anyone who has doubt of surviving in this world. In addition, it would probably change their way of thinking.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great book... You should definatly read... It is about a girl who survives through the war...I was shocked at the times when the book talked about how few survived... I felt like I was there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
alicia is such a brave girl for what she has had to go through. she's so couragious and thought of ways to get out of things right off the top of her head! she using her head when things get rough and she made it through, determind to stay alive she is now my hero and she inspires me to get through life and how am able to get through life with her courage in me.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most heartfelt book that I have ever read. Everyone who has read it, loves it and everyone who hasn't read it should read it. Alicia: My Story is a completely truse story about a young woman's pain and suffering during the years of World War II. I read this book as a school assingnment and now I just can't stop reading it. I'm reading it a third time now. Because this was a school assignment, our teacher, Mrs. Schlink, invited Alicia to speak to us. She is the most wonderful person to talk to as well. She told us that she wrote the book just so that teenagers could read it, so we all should. Her story is amazing and touching. I advise everyone who can, to read this amazing book, Jews and Non-Jews alike, because I believe that it is touching to all who read it.