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Alicia

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  7,666 Ratings  ·  400 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 it was amazing  ·  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!
Yara
Oct 10, 2007 Yara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
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.
Erika
Jan 24, 2008 Erika rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Janet
Jan 26, 2011 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Kira
Oct 08, 2013 Kira rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nan
Apr 01, 2008 Nan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Susie
Aug 16, 2014 Susie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Alicia
Jul 14, 2017 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The courage and determination of this girl was incredible and her memoir broke my heart. A must-read.
Kadejah
Dec 22, 2011 Kadejah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Freidl Grant
Jul 24, 2013 Freidl Grant rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: absolute-garbage
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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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
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
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
Beth
Mar 20, 2008 Beth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Summer
I don't like to give a rating to an autobiographical account. I will say that Alicia's story is one that I am so glad I read. She is an amazing, kind, feisty, incredibly brave and resilient child. This was such an interesting book for the true life experience of a holocaust survivor that does NOT involve an account of a concentration camp. Alicia's story tells of her experience as a Polish Jew during WWII with as much tragedy and suffering as any, and after as she and the other survivors deal w ...more
Loni
Sep 22, 2010 Loni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Prerana
Apr 27, 2016 Prerana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. That was beautiful.

This is an autobiography of a young Jewish girl during the Holocaust. She is still alive today and her life itself is a remarkable feat. This novel brought to light the horrors the human race has done to itself and calls people to understand and take action against this type of event.

My only problem was the writing, but I excuse it since English is like her sixth language.

Amazing book.
Becky
Aug 04, 2016 Becky rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great memoir, filled with history of WW2 by someone who lived through it as a young adolescent. Alicia was amazing, a survivor through and through. Her story brought me to tears at her losses, the cruelty of prejudice permeated her story. Her strength and courage inspire me as they would anyone reading her story.
Tony
Jul 15, 2009 Tony rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nancy
I slowly dragged my way through the first half of Alicia, and then I read quickly through the last half of the book. Alicia's book takes us through the time before the II World War, the deaths of her family members, to the ways she survived, the things she did to save other people, going by ship to Israel, and marrying and having children. I enjoyed reading the last half of the book.
Teresa
Mar 29, 2008 Teresa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Nicole
Sep 11, 2012 Nicole rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
LOVED this book. Have read it multiple times over the past 13 years. Inspiring, enlightening and gut-wrenching.
Jean
May 29, 2012 Jean rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Lorena
Alicia Jurman delicately portrays the horrors experienced by her and her family at the hands of the Russians, Nazis and even citizens of Eastern Europe. It's stunning to read about all of her close calls to death, and how she miraculously survived. I've noticed this theme in other WWII survivor accounts as well.

While the story was well-written, I have two reservations that prevent me from eating this book as five stars. First is that the book opens with Alicia as a nine-year-old girl and closes
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Paul
Jan 06, 2017 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS AN INCREDIBLE BOOK! The book runs some 500 pages, and I could not put it down. It's the almost unbelievable story of a young Jewish girl in Poland in the early 1940s. This girl's life is one unending series of mitzvahs. She writes of the time when she was 12-16 years old, saving other Jews and partisans, hiding in bunkers, and depending on the good will of Christians when she has to. She has the temper to slap an SS man in the face; her mother is shot diving in front of her to take the b ...more
F.J. Soto
May 14, 2017 F.J. Soto rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 her to adapt. Starvation became second nature to her. Constant hiding was her key to sur ...more
Michael
Feb 01, 2017 Michael rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If I had my druthers (which I rarely do), I would put this book as required reading in every high school. It's the true account of a teenager -- or one who begins at 12 to suffer the calamities of war and conquest and by the time she's 18 and has survived and lived through horrors, she realizes that her youth passed her by. One by one her brothers and her father vanish and are killed, each in a different way -- and, miraculously, through tenacity, wit, physical strength, she lives through the Na ...more
Heike
Feb 16, 2017 Heike rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A must read

This book is a must read for everybody. The story told in it is important and what happened to Alicia and millions of people cannot be forgotten - ever! It is touching and emotional and a personal history lesson. While at times hard to read (it made me cry several times), I couldn't put it down. It isn't just a testimony of the cruelty against Jewish people but also, and foremost for me, a testimony of somebody willing to fight for their right to life. I applaud Mrs. Appleman for reli
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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.” 2 likes
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