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My Bridges Of Hope: Searching For Life And Love After Auschwitz (Elli Friedmann #2)

3.99 of 5 stars 3.99  ·  rating details  ·  855 ratings  ·  43 reviews
In 1945, after surviving a harrowing year in Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Elli returns, along with her mother and brother, to the family home, now part of Slovakia, where they try to find a way to rebuild their shattered lives.
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published March 1st 1999 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
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Kate Stone
Apr 16, 2008 Kate Stone rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those interested in the Holocaust. Anyone and everyone.
This is the sequel to the authors "I Have Lived a Thousand Years". I have a pretty extensive Holocaust selection in my classroom and I don't know why, but I really enjoy reading these books.

This book was no exception. The narrator/author is just...impressive. She did so much with her life after liberation from the concentration camps. It's impossible to know where to start.
I sat with my grandmother-in-law's husband whose family immigrated from Slovakia between 1890-1905 to take down genealogical data. His background sparked an interest in me to find out more about the history of that area of the world. In searching at our local library for something related to slovakia in that time frame I came across this autobiographical work in the teenage reading area of the library. Whereas, my family member's family was lutheran this book is about the post war recovery of a ...more
I really liked how the author explored what happened to Elli after she survived Auschwitz. I don't recall many Holocaust books exploring life after WWII. Anti-Semitism still existed in Europe. I didn't realize how many Jewish survivors had to go on the run to get to Israel because you still had world politics. Britain tried to stop the flow to Palestine, and ended up putting illegal aliens back in camps. I was saddened that the US made emigration harder if I person ended up in a country behind t ...more
I shall begin by saying that, in my opinion, this book has a great deal of unfulfilled potential. It had many exciting sequences, but they were sometimes related in a very monotone character voice, which detracted much of their power to captivate. You learn absolutely nothing about Elli except the various points on the timeline of her life. I was excited about this book because I had hoped it would give some kind of explanation as to how she and the remaining members of her family began to heal ...more
Sep 26, 2010 Stasia rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Stasia by: Babi
This was an enjoyable autobiography that was quite easy to read. It is written in a style that would appeal to a teenager, while carrying the sophistication of a wise college professor.

This is the story of a young Slovak girl in the years following her and her mother's liberation from Auschwitz. The reader becomes a witness to Elli's development from a 14-year-old to a very talented young woman. The story gives the reader insight into the challenges of life as a refugee and an immigrant.

I was su
Kelsey Hanson
My only criticism of Livia Bitton-Jackson's first book was that I felt it left a lot of questions. I was quite happy to discover that there was a sequel. This book shows that even though Elli and her family survived the Holocaust, they still had to face a lot of anti-semetism and danger even after the Nazis weren't the main threat. This story shows that her remaining family were able to piece their lives together and how they struggled with the PTSD that they experienced. It gave me some much ne ...more
Payten L
Grade Interest level- 7th
Reading Level- 800 Lexile
Genre- History, Biographical
Main Characters- Elli, Bubi, and their mother
Setting- America, Europe
POV- 1st

After many years in a concentration camp called Auschwitz, soldiers freed fourteen year old Elli from the Nazis. Elli, her mother, and her brother, Bubi, reunite and then go back to their home country to live. After they are home, they realize that getting their lives together will be hard here in Europe so they want to go to America, the drea
Again, a beautifully written book with a lot of insight into the thoughts of a holocaust survivor. This is the sequel to I Have Lived a Thousand Years and while I didn't love it as much as that book, it is still well worth reading.
This sequel to I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust was well worth my time. I don't know much about the aftermath of WWII and the Holocuast, so it was very interesting to read about this segment of history as its typically glossed over in a short epilogue at the end of the typical holocaust/WWII survival story. I am looking forward to the next book, Hello, America: A Refugee's Journey from Auschwitz to the New World.
Sherry Mackay
Probably more of a 2.5 star book really but I don't want to be mean. Interesting enough. The author writes about her life after the concentration camps before they manage to migrate to the U S. Lucky person I think to still have her mother and brother alive and some other relatives after the War. I did find it a bit amusing that she seemed to think every boy she met fancied her! And that her refusal of a marriage proposal sent one boy to the loony bin for ECT. Clearly a good sense of self even a ...more
Wendy Kobylarz-Chouvarda
My Bridges of Hope I read this following Bitton-Jackson's remarkable "Elli," and wow, was I disappointed. While "Elli" has somewhat the feel of a YA book, it is never dumbed-down and never glossed over. "My Bridges of Hope" covers a longer time span, and perhaps that's part of the problem with it, but it feels mostly like a summary of the author's time following the Holocaust to her immigration to America. There are a couple chilling moments, some times when emotion peeks through the list of eve ...more
Amy Greenberger
My Bridges of Hope is one of the best books I have ever read. It is a compelling story about a girl and her family trying to pick up their life after the Holocaust. This book is so inspiring in so many ways. It shows you that it is never too late to start your life no matter what happens and that anything is possible. Livia Bitton-Jackson is an excellent writer and really knows how to tell her story. This is an amazing book that everybody should read.
This book is an autobiography about Ellie
Hanna Persson
My Bridges of Hope by Livia Bitton-Jackson, is about a girl named Elli Friedmann who has escaped the liberation camp with her mum and brother, but sadly her father has died. When she comes back to her home, it's torn and destroyed, since the Nazi's demolished it. Because of this incident, her mum, brother and Elli try to reassemble their lives in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia. Elli, and the rest of her family realize it's not safe and there is still some tension, they plan to flee Bratislava and se ...more
I laughed and cried my way through this book. This is the second in a series of books by and about a Jewish girl who survived Auschwitz. The last book ended with her release from Auschwitz and I was so happy to see that there was another book. Often books end just when things get good and I like to see people happy for a while! However there wasn't as much happiness in this book as I expected. She still had a lot of difficulties to endure, especially trying to escape the Iron Curtain that was fa ...more
I thought that this book was very good and kind of touching. I didn't know much about the Nazi and the war that was going on between them and the Jews, but after reading this book I completely understand how much pain people were going through along time ago.

This book is about a teenage girl who suffered the pain from the war between the Jews and the Nazi. She was one of the survivors from the crises. But even after the pain there was still more pain.Everything had changed, so many people had di
This is the continuing story of Elli (the author) as she faces life after concentration camp. It's incredible to hear her first-hand account of what it took to get back home, how she and her family were welcomed back, and the harrowing account of her family's escape from communism and continuing antisemitism. It's amazing to read through her account and continue to see her lively spirit pushing her to overcome while also showing glimpses of the teenager she still was. Well worth reading.
Joshua Ndinya
Elli has just jumped from a bear trap to another bear trap is how I would put it. From a concentration camp in Auschwitz, Elli has not gotten away from everything that she thought that she had left behind has all been thrown right in front of her again. So she has to start running all over again but this time she is not only with her family but with thousands of other Jews who are running to America. But even then they agonies stil await them ahead.
In the book we find out how she was able to ge
This is a sequel memoir to "I Have Lived a Thousand Years". While the first book tells of the author's experience in a concentration camp, this memoir tells a lesser told story of the immediate aftermath of what happened to people after liberation from the camps. This is the story of the survivors who returned to their homes empty-handed to find all of their possessions stolen by either the Germans or their neighbors. The author relays the experience of finding jobs, lone survivors without famil ...more
Poulami Mitra
Quite befitting to its prequel "I HAVE LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS" , this book has got all the elements in place . The struggle of the Jews post war , the tooth and nail fight for the their basic needs makes you aware that how difficult it must have been for them to even live . In spite of being liberated from the Nazis , they were tied down by other deterrent factors . The constant hunt for a land where they can claim to be their own, forms the heart wrenching backdrop of the story . The language i ...more
An extraordinary, insightful glimpse into the life of a young survivor of Auschwitz during her early post war years in eastern Europe.

May we never forget!

This is one of the most amazing memoirs I have ever read. I laughed, cried, and felt almost every emotion I can think of. Livia has lived through more hard times, and struggled more than anyone should ever have to, all because she is Jewish. This story starts where here last book 'I Have Lived A Thousand Years', ends, with Livia and her mother returning home from Auschwitz. She is an amazing woman, and her stories filled my heart with faith in humanity. I hope her stories will help to make this
Sonya Morris
I read the prequel to this book several years ago, describing Elli's experience during the Holocaust. I have a lot of respect for the author. She is incredibly educated and has a talent for writing, so I enjoy her work.

I haven't read much on Holocaust survivors after WWII, so it was interesting to follow her life even farther. I enjoy how reflective and thoughtful she is by nature, and that it comes out in her writing. I feel as though this book changed my perspective on life, and will leave a
You've been liberated, now what? I found this book interesting but would have liked to see her go into more detail. I wanted to know why she changed her name, what happened to her book of poems from book one, what happened to her first husband. Overall I enjoyed this book.
The author shares the years after she came out of Auschwitz as a 14 y.o. in 1945 until she and her mother arrived in the United States in 1951 to join her brother, who had been able to emigrate soon after the war. It's a testament to the resiliency of survivors, who continue to live in the uncertain world of post WWII Eastern Europe. She writes too of the establishment of Israel. I did a paper on the White Papers for a college history class, and it was interesting to read her account of news sto ...more
this book was pretty interesting but it was not the best book I have ever read. It was apretty long book but if you are really into the people from concentration camps then it would be a good book. This book talks about a young girl's life after a concentration camp and how life is after you have been through such a bad situation.I would recomend this book to people who like reading and like reading about people from concentration camps.
My Bridges of Hope had a beautiful ending with an outlook of hope to the future. I enjoyed every bit of it. :)
Mixed feelings about this book. I REALLY liked the information--there is SO few narratives by Holocaust survivors after their liberation--but I didn't enjoy the author's writing style. In one chapter, she often jumped around in time, making it hard to follow. I also wish there were more details...

In the end, I believe this is a VERY valuable addition to Holocaust literature.
Sarah Watson
I couldn't believe all that this young woman had been through/accomplished in her young life. Her courage and perseverance was astounding.
Truly, this book leaves me speechless and hopeful. Livia Bitton-Jackson was a beautiful woman full of goodness and grace, and I'm honored to have read these words.
This was an interesting book because the author gives insight into her family's struggles to rebuild their lives following survival of Auschwitz and of her involvement in the Underground which helped Jews escape behind the Iron Curtain to America and Israel.
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