I Have Lived A Thousand Years:

Growing Up In the Holocaust

By: Livia Bitton-Jackson

This book is based on Elli Friedmann and her family. When the Nazi's invade Hungary in 1944, 13 year-old Elli is a Jewish teen unprepared for what lie ahead. She has a mother, a father, and a brother. Elli's family was placed in different concentration camps. Elli and her mother however were placed together spending most of their time at the camp; Auschwitz. With the constant thought of death crossing her mind, Elli soon realized how it felt to be a prisoner with no way out.


Throughout the book Elli explains what it was like to suddenly be forbidden to attend school, talk to neighbors, to be removed from everything familiar to her. She lost all privacy and almost starved to death. Although this story is filled with the excruciating details of her sad ordeal, Elli's strength to get through it all is very inspiring. After reading this book, I have more of an understanding of the nightmare Elli called her daily life. It also made me realize it's not fair to be punished for being different.

Interesting facts:

1. I learned what the meaning of decimation was, and it's when they start at a random person and count 1 to 10 and the tenth person get shot. This was a form of punishment for sloppy work.

2. Another fact was that most times the older brother and father of the family got separated from the girls and went to work on the fields.

3. A final fact was that the females and the males got their heads shaved, then they would have to put on uniforms. And a number would be tattooed on their arm, they would then be their name.

4 out of 5 rating

Who Would Like This Book?

In my opinion, this book reads like a fiction book. And me being someone who doesn't like non-fiction books, I enjoyed this. It's filled with page-turning moments and it's a very detailed book. Also, if you've heard of Auschwitz and you're interested to learn about that camp, you can learn what it's like for a girl there.

GENRE: NON-FICTION