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Alicia

4.12 of 5 stars 4.12  ·  rating details  ·  5,267 ratings  ·  310 reviews
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.
ebook, 448 pages
Published February 16th 2011 by Bantam (first published October 1st 1988)
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Karen
Apr 10, 2008 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in the Holocaust and even some who aren't.
I loved this memoir. Alicia is a twelve-year-old Jewess living in Poland during the occupation of Germany, and her recollections of events surrounding the Holocaust are amazing. Just a child herself, she is reponsible for the rescue of dozens of people during this time because she has courage and conviction. I love this story most for its apparent coincidences of good fortune--which I believe are manifestations of Heavenly Father's loving care for His suffering children. Read this book!
Erika
I first read this when I was 9 or 10 because my mom read it for a book club and told me about it and I wanted to read it, so I read all 400 pages and I LOVED IT. I've probably read it 4 more times since then. It's a true story so that makes it even better. What this girl lived through during World War II is amazing, and it really touched me, and all of her heroic deeds are inspiring. One of my favorites of all time.
Yara
I've read a number of Holocaust stories, but none from the perspective of someone in eastern Europe who lived through atrocities outside of the concentration camps. Alicia's story is unforgettable, as is Alicia herself--her courage and kindness at such a young age. My copy has a handwritten note from Alicia (not to me, but to a student)and a phone number to contact her to speak at no charge to any group.
Rachel Klibowitz
I loved this book. I had to read it for a geography unit in my reading class. At first, I was kind of scared off by the small text and the thickness of the book. But after reading no more than three chapters, my heart had been overwhelmed and taken in by such a memoir. Defiantly one of a kind. You can truly see the Alicia's feelings when she was the age. I feel bad for her though, having to move on, then relive all the old, bad memories to write such a book, or to travel from university to unive ...more
Kira
One of my absolute favorite books. I had the honor of speaking to Mrs. Appleman-Jurman on the phone several years ago. A good friend of hers was my mother's co-worker at the time. I was absolutely starstruck but she was so incredibly kind and thankful. I picked this book up in 9th grade by accident and it changed my outlook on life, no joke. Her story is heartbreaking an inspiring. She made me understand the real meaning of family, love, and forgiveness.
Kadejah
I read this book last year and did a book review in my history class on it. This story like Anne Frank is based off of a true story of a young girl living through the Holocaust. Unlike Frank, Alicia was younger and not as fortunate to have the support of her family. Throughout most of the story Alicia traveled alone just trying to stay alive. Unlike many of the stories I previously read about the Holocaust, this story was about a girl still living in the open world and how difficult it was for h ...more
Janet
Alicia, a memoir of a young Holocaust survivor from Poland, arrived into my hands via the Divine and the Half Price Books history clearance shelf. A $.25 paperback, it appears unread. Drawn inexplicably to the book last night, I opened the cover to discover a personal inscription from the author dated February 1, 1991, almost 20 years ago today.

"To dear ______, a tragic page in history was written for my generation, G-d willing you will write your page with happiness, love, Shalom, and a celebra
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Lynell Powers
Referencing Alica as a survivor of the Holocaust is to do her a huge disservice. Her diligence, determination and love for others is of the highest ethics, nearly beyond compare. It is impossible for me to put into words the admiration and respect she has many times highly earned in her long ordeal of a nightmare where most would just perish. During, at the close of and after WW11 she rose above even her own need to survive by making huge personal sacrifices very close to the point of her death ...more
Nan
What a moving book. I have read a number of Holocaust books but this is the first book I read, that described the events and horrors in Poland. The fight to live and the sacrifice of her mother were profound. It is a great history lesson with many life lessons as well. It made me appreciate my country, family and freedoms.
Danielle Allen
The author's purpose in writing this book was to show how strong a person can be when being strong is their only choice. Alicia, the main character in the book, has to fight for her life in many different situations. The story is about her journey through the holocaust, but in contrast to other stories, Alicia is not a prisoner in a concentration camp. The young girl must run for her life in many instances. Living off sour milk and stale bread, her and her mother must be strong in order to survi ...more
Susie
I was given this book as a fourth grader and read it every year through high school. I love her story.

I spent the day with Alicia when I was in high school and she was to speak to our school. I went to pick her up in San Jose at her home; I remember her saying Goodbye to her husband and noting that it was filled with love. We got to talk in the car ride to my school (about an hour) and she told me how she speaks with kids of many different backgrounds, even to Palestinian children and loves al
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Brooklyn harvey
This story was about the time of the Holocaust. The writer of this book, Alicia Appleman, went through many hardships while living during this time. Alicia was a Jew, and she was the only girl out of many other boys in her family. All of her brothers got sent away except for the youngest who later on died. There were many people who helped her, but Alicia is the main character. Alicia just tried her hardest everyday to stay alive. She experienced many hardships. The worst was probably just seein ...more
Leane
What a fantastic autobiography from Alicia Appleman-Jurman. Alicia bravely shares her story of her childhood in Poland as a persecuted Jew during the Holocaust who becomes a strong and brave survivor. Alicia narrowly escapes death on multiple occasions, which truly makes me believe that she has a purpose on this earth: to share her story with children and adults around the world. No, this is not an Anne Frank-pace book, this is a thrilling account of survival, as well as the ups and downs of lif ...more
Freidl Grant
This story has been proven repeatedly FALSE with hard documents and actual facts by Holocaust, literary, and history scholars around the world. DO NOT READ "ALICIA" OR GIVE IT ANY CREDENCE. Again, this is historical FICTION.

That's why there's been such a huge push to get it out of school curricula. Ms. Jurman became persona non grata and was no longer welcome as a speaker at major Holocaust museums. She learned her place and to stay away since she's been found out and discredited. So she contin
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Beth
Alicia Jurman's family lived and died in Poland during the Nazi occupation, but Alicia survived. She was thirteen when the occupation began and seventeen when she finally made it to Israel. For much of this time she lived in ravines at night and picked crops during the day, posing as a Ukrainian orphan. She met people along the way who helped her and who betrayed her. She also acted for others, helping Russian partisans (for which she got a medal) and after the war was over, finding food and hou ...more
Alexandra
I have been reading this for school, and I believe everyone should read this book or one similar to it. 12 is a little young, I believe, for me to read this book, and I think 15 would be a better age. This story is full of great morals and also some bad ones. Brave, sweet, amazing Alicia survives a manslaughter. She is an example of a wonderful person who endures and survives. Everyone can learn some great lessons from this story, however I recommend not reading it before bed and getting somebod ...more
Loni
This woman is the ultimate survivor, is now one of my heroes and has a remarkable story that I'm so glad she had the courage to tell.

This is an autobiography about a Jewish, teenage girl, Alicia, in Poland during WWII. There are tons of stories out there about concentration camps and stories of hiding, like Anne Franks' Diary, but this one was a different perspective of the ghetto and surviving off the land as well as what trying to get back into life was like for the few survivors.

The book is
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Fatova Mingus


This is another survivor memoir from the heinous and shameful period in human history known as The Holocaust – though it wasn’t called anything for a very long time. It wasn’t even talked about, especially amongst the American Jews who thought their newly arrived refugee relatives should just “put it behind them”. The Auschwitz survivors wore long sleeves in 100 degree weather because the tattoos were an embarrassment, a scarlet letter, a reason for the world to distance oneself from its bearer.
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Tony
A heart wrenching true story about a girl who lived through World War Two; after watching her entire family die or seeing their bodies after they had, she still mustered the strength to live on and tell her story. I was afforded the opportunity to meet her, and ask her questions, in my sixth grade classroom after having read the book.
Lisa
I read this in third grade, and it's easily the book that had the greatest effect on me as a child. Much more than Anne Frank, much more than any other book about the Holocaust. It was brutal, horrific, and challenging, and it opened my eyes to a whole other side of the world.
Teresa
Again, it's been a long time since I've read this book. But it's another WWII true story of a young girl who spends many years of her youth hiding and running from the gestapo. I remember really enjoying this book as well.
Jean
This was an amazing story! It is about a young girl and how she survived and rescued people from the holocaust. Absolutly amazing bravery and brains as to how she survived.
Clara
Alicia's story is impressive; it not only gives a terrifyingly real picture of the brutalities of war, but is also shows the many surprising coincidences, moments of kindness, and times of unselfish bravery that often cross the pages of war-time memoirs. What is special about this book is the way in which the reader can easily connect with the author. While reading, it is almost as if one knew the valiant, unusually gifted girl who managed to become one of only a few survivors, while at the same ...more
Nicole
LOVED this book. Have read it multiple times over the past 13 years. Inspiring, enlightening and gut-wrenching.
Ginger
Although Alicia: My Story by Alicia Appleman wasn't written in the interesting style of A Hiding Place, this book should be included right there with it, Anne Frank's Diary, and The Endless Steppe. This girl inspires me to love the life I have and seek to make my own corner that much better. Then it was Nazi's and collaborators, today it's another group full of hate that wants to wipe out a group of people that see the world differently than they. It's kind of scary that I'm in the group the hat ...more
Astrid Yrigollen
I could not put this book down.It read like a popular script for an action movie more than the horrific experience of a teenager during the Holocaust. Very fast paced with flowing narrative depicting narrow escapes,people smuggling (to safety),dealing with Russian soldiers and even winning a medal of bravery. Alicia Appleman-Jurman relates how she survived being imprisoned first by the Nazis then by the Polish, escaping and cheating death several times. It is hard to imagine the emotional toll o ...more
Linnae
Heartbreaking. Alicia was the only member of her family to survive the Nazi regime. Through all the horror and struggle for survival, she managed to do what she could for those in greater need than herself, even opening an orphanage after the war had officially ended to care for other Jewish orphans like herself (she was maybe 16 at the time.)

Later on she also helped guide groups of Jews escaping Europe, her skill with languages helping immensely at the various border crossings. [I'm not sure wh
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D
I would give the book 3.5 stars.
This is the first Holocaust survivor account I've read by someone who spent the war years outside of the camps. It gave me a much more comprehensive view of life or lack of same for Polish Jews during the Nazi occupation.
I have read conflicting accounts about the relationship between Polish Jews and Polish non-Jews in this era. The author comes down squarely relating that there was much more conflict than cooperation.
The recounting of her dangerous post-War exped
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Laura
Few people know the truth about the Holocaust, but Alicia experienced it. As Polish Jews, her family suffered greatly. She watched as her family was slowly picked off by the soldiers and then by starvation. She managed to escape with her life time and time again by using a combination of great fortune and her knowledge. She and her mother survived by her continued ability to work in fields for small meals and shelter. Unfortunately her ailing mother finally fell at the hands of a Nazi officer an ...more
Toni Miranda
This is a very gripping story of a young Jewish survivor of the atrocities of World War II. Unlike the other stories I have read, Alicia is not sent to a concentration camp, but has to survive after each member of her family is killed. She is imprisoned numerous times, stood in a firing squad twice, watched her mother be shot in front of her eyes, and was forced into hiding in order to survive. This story covers not only the war years, but also Alicia's struggle to find a home after the war.
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“I was beginning to die myself. I realized that a person could actually become one of the living dead; could go on living but feel nothing, not pain, not fear, not sorrow. I was very near to this state.” 1 likes
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