Monday, June 30, 2014


I am not a big fan of biographies or autobiographies, but when it comes to tales of the Holocaust I can't get enough of them.   Alicia: My Story is one of those books that I devoured.   I could not put this memoir down!  The way Alicia Appleman-Jurman tells her story makes you feel as if you are ther with her experiencing everything, the fear, worry, desperation.  You feel it all as  you read this book which makes it a must read.

At the young age of 13 Alicia loses her family to the Nazi regime.  She goes on the offer her courage and strength to fellow Jews with the hope that the time of tragedy would be over.  She saved the lives of thousands because of her courage, strength and hope through her fears.  When her family is caputed Alicia manages to escape the Nazi's grasp and flees into the woods and fields.  Alongher journey she encounters other Jews escaping and hiding from the Nazi soliders.  As a young teenager she witnesses her own mother's murder, and endures being emotionally and physically deprived. She knows she must endure to survive, not only for herself but for her people.  Where does she find this strength?  Through her faith.

I have to say this was the most compelling memoirs I have read to date. It is eaisly comparableto Elie Wiesel's Night.  Alicia Appleman-Jurman puts her words to paper and makes them come to life.  One can feel the sorrow, despair, fear, and hope as she speaks about horrors she had to endure as a young woman.  This woman, risked her life to help save the lives of many others.  Her story touches your heart and stays with you long after reading the novel.  Her words captivate you and compell you to read farther, to see how she endured and inspires her readers.  Appleman-Jurman brings her story to life and brings into her readers world.  She breaks down many ideals and enhances the strength that having hope and trusting in your faith can provide.

After reading this novel, your life will not be the same, you will not view your struggles in the same light. If there is one book that everyone should read at one point in their lifetime it would be this memoir.

Pros: Holds nothing back, tells the story as it happened
Cons: Very emotional story will bring you to tears.

Bottom Line: Everyone should read this novel.  It gives a new insight to the things that occurred during this terrible time in history.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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