I Have Lived a Thousand Years:

Growing up in the Holocaust- by Livia Bitton-Jackson


Ellike has loved growing up in Somorja. She may not know it at first, but it is the city of her dreams.

The 13 year old girl along with her father, mother and older brother are all living under Hitler's threats which soon turn into torture. As things begin to get out of control, any power they had over their lives slowing disappears. Jewish families are being taken away from their homes, every personal item thrown into a pile and most likely never to be seen again.

Not able to put up a fight, her family is split up. Ellike's brother and father are both sent to different male labor camps. At least for now Ellike is not seperated from her mother which gives her a number one priority- to take care of her mother and always stay by her side. However chances of survival are slim; in order to survive you have to show them that you're strong.


1. From this book I learned that in many concentration camps, there was no drinking water availale. People would do whatever it took to get water to drink.

2. I also learned that children were especially targeted to be killed becasue they posed a threat to growing up and parenting a new generaton of Jews. Most children that were victims of the Holocaust were taken to the gas chambers immediately after they were under the Nazi's power.

3.Finally, I learned that over one million people were killed at the Auschwitz camp- more than any other complex.


I would give this book a 4/5. I really enjoyed reading this nonfiction book and learning more about the Holocaust. The author describes what it was like for her to live through the transports, camps, torture, forced labor, and shootings. People who are interested in learning about the torture that the Jewish people went through and what the Holocaust was like at a teenager's perspective would enjoy this book.