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Alice Rene
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Becoming Alice: A Memoir

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  81 ratings  ·  16 reviews
"Strongly recommended a deftly written memoir that will hold the reader's rapt attention from beginning to end." -Midwest Book Review "Her ability to authentically capture the bewilderment and pain of dislocation through a child's eyes including the disharmony in her immediate family makes for engaging reading that will resonate with young adults everywhere." -Beth B. Cohe ...more
Hardcover, 273 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by iUniverse (first published 2007)
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Todd Fonseca
The daughter of a successful Austrian physician, young Ilse had a privileged life. That changed the day the Nazi’s marched down her street in Vienna. Suddenly, the family housekeeper could not longer come to their home and her father could no longer see patients. Having no income, her family sold their possessions on the black market to survive. Fearing for their lives, they fled Austria and embarked on a harrowing journey to America staying one step ahead of the Germans.

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From her window, Ilse sees the Nazi soldiers parading through her street. Ilse realizes that the Jewish are not wanted in Austria, when she and the family maid go shopping. When their band account is frozen, Ilse’s father decides they must sell some of their possessions. Her father then escapes from Austria by saying he will go gather goose feathers. Her father gets visa’s for Ilse, her mother and brother. Unfortunately the Nazi’s have shut the border and the family has to reroute their trip. Wh ...more
An Absorbing & Remarkable Tale of Survival

Alice Rene’s poignant memoir begins during a devastating chapter of history; the Holocaust. Ilise is a six-year-old young girl living in Vienna, Austria when the Nazi soldiers enter her life. What follows is a suspenseful, harrowing and highly worrisome journey as Ilise and her family flees their homeland.

The year is 1940 when family eventually arrives at the safety of America. Ilise faces challenges and (like all adolescents) desperately wants to fi
Laura Cococcia
One of the most insightful, powerful memoirs I have ever read. I had the privilege of interviewing author Alice Rene, which can be read here:
Jacqui Hencsie
A really moving book. More later
Claudia Moscovici
Hailed as "a deftly written memoir that will hold the reader’s attention from beginning to end" by the Midwest Book Review and described as "a magnificent memoir and an impressive, courageous piece of work" by Writers Digest Magazine, Alice Rene's Becoming Alice: A Memoir deserves every word of praise it got...and more. The memoir begins with a description of the Anschluss, when Hitler annexed Austria to the Third Reich in 1938. Becoming Alice describes the impact of these tragic historical even ...more
Darcy Odden
"Becoming Alice: A Memoir" is a first-person account by Alice Rene of her family's escape from the Nazis to America. The family lived in Vienna, Austria, where her father was a doctor. Alice was known as Ilse and her older brother was named Fredi. When the Nazis began to take over Vienna, the family was forced to stay out of sight. Alice's father couldn't work because he was Jewish. The family's bank account was frozen, as were all Jewish bank accounts. Because circumstances became too dangerous ...more
Angela Simmons
In “Becoming Alice, A Memoir”, we are introduced to the Fell family through the eyes of their daughter Ilse, who was only six years old when the Nazi soldier’s changed her life forever. As she watched them marching down the street she could never have imagined the destruction and devastation that they would leave in their path. Barely able to stay ahead of the invading army the Fell family flees from their home in Vienna, Austria. First they go to Riga, then to Latvia and finally to the safety o ...more
"Becoming Alice" is a coming of age memoir that begins on the day during WWII when Nazi soldier's march into Vienna, Austria and ends in Berkeley, California when a young girl finally finds her true self.

Author Alice Rene recounts her childhood with amazing courage and heart while drawing the reader into her story to the point where I could feel the emotions she must have felt. She was only 6 when her family had to escape Vienna and to see that drama unfold through the eyes of a child was often
Becoming Alice is Alice Rene’s memoir about fleeing Europe in the early days of World War II and her family’s struggle to succeed in America. Things aren’t easy for the Fells when they arrive in Portland. Ilse — who later chooses the name Alice when she becomes a U.S. citizen — enters third grade without knowing any English or having ever set foot in a classroom. While her parents are learning how to run a grocery store — her father isn’t allowed to practice medicine right away — Alice is trying ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Born with the name Ilse, Alice Rene was six when the Nazis took over her hometown of Vienna, Austria.

Her Jewish family was forced to flee, and while many others, including some of her family members, weren't so lucky, Ilse and her parents and older brother eventually settle in Portland, Oregon.

From there, Alice documents her life in America: learning English, her struggles making friends at school, becoming an American citizen. She changes her name fro
Stephanie Kerr
Ilse was a six year old Jewish girl in Austria. She didn't understand why her parents were so scared or why they had to move to America. Becoming Alice is the story of her struggle to be accepted in a very difficult time in history.

I don't usually read memoirs or autobiographys but I recieved this book free through Goodreads First Reads. This was a pretty good book. I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in learning about Jews lives during WWII. My favorite thing about this book was th
I really enjoyed Becoming Alice by Alice Rene. The first part of the book was about her and her family’s escape from Vienna when the Nazis arrived. The rest of the book covers her new life in the United States and her struggle to fit in. This aspect of her story was very interesting to read, considering what she had already been through. She really gave an in depth look at what it was like for immigrants trying to adjust to their new country and their new life. It was an exciting read and I thin ...more
I recieved this free through Goodreads First Reads. I loved this book. I want to use it with my kids in my classroom. I love Anne Frank, but there are thousands of other people that went through the Holocaust and I can't wait to have this in my classroom. It did take me awhile to get to the book but I am glad I won this book. I will cherish it and pray this book touches others the way it did me.!!! Alice you are a souvior and I love the way write!! Thand you for this beautful piece of history an ...more
I didn't want it to end!
Jen Knox
A poignant work, full of delicate insight and consuming language. This is a journey story, a girl's coming-of-age, and a careful investigation of family. Becoming Alice traces one family's struggles, leaving Nazi-occupied Vienna and arriving in America, where trauma begins to surface. I found this book engaging from beginning to end.
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Alice Rene came to America from Vienna, Austria, as a young girl having survived the Holocaust. Told with both pathos and humor, her true story is told in her memoir, "Becoming Alice." The book has won many awards, among them are the Next Generation Indie Award, the Foreward Magazine Book of the Year Award, and the Hollywood Book Festival Award. Her latest book, "The Other Side of Him," is a work ...more
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