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My Bridges of Hope (Elli Friedmann #2)

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After liberation from Auschwitz, fourteen-year-old Elli, her brother, and their mother attempt to rebuild their lives in Czechoslovakia. But it doesn't take long for Elli to realize that even though the war is over, anti-Semitism is not, so she and her family decide to escape to America along with thousands of other Jews. Little do they know what agonies and adventures awa ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 1st 2002 by Simon Pulse (first published March 1st 1999)
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Kate Stone
Apr 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
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.
Shanna
Oct 02, 2011 rated it it was ok
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
Becky
Mar 07, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alyssa Nelson
I went into this book not really knowing what to expect — I’m not sure how it ended up on my family’s shelves, but I noticed it one day and added it to my to-read list for the future. Now, I have no idea where my copy of this book is, but luckily, the library had a copy. This is a memoir about a teenage girl’s coming of age after she survives the Holocaust and struggles to make a life for herself and make sense of the world after what she suffered, and after the turmoil that her country is put i ...more
Hayley
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: owned-books
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
Stasia
Sep 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
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.

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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
Blythe
Apr 19, 2009 rated it really liked it
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.
Natalie Clark
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wjhs, non-fiction
I enjoyed the book because it was cool finding about how someone lived through liberation from Auschwitz, and then she got her freedom. Elli, her brother, and their mother try to rebuild their lives in Czechoslovakia. After a while, Elli to realize that even though the war is over, anti-Semitism is not, so she and her family decide to escape to America along with a bunch of other Jews. Little do they know what agonies and adventures await them still. Elli's memoir of her experiences after Auschw ...more
Kathy
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
This book is about life for a Jewish refuge after World War II. The author, her brother and her mother have survived the Nazi Concentration camps and now are trying to join relatives in America. They returned to Czechoslovakia and must go through many other countries wait almost 6 years to all make it to their destination. I have read many books that focus on the Jewish experience during the war, but this is my first that really focuses on after the war. I found it fascinating.
Dustin Hartley
For young readers (I'm a long-toothed bibliophile): Not the best Holocaust book.
Athena
Jun 10, 2015 rated it it was ok
I initially began to read the Elli Friedmann series because my A.P. U.S. History teacher gave me books about the Holocaust as a gift. Being a book lover, I’ll read every book I can get my hands on. This series is all about the author’s experience before, during, and after the Holocaust. The first book, I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust, begins how Elli Friedmann (the author changed her name) was before 1944; she would write poetry almost every day and talk to her family ...more
Hanna Persson
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Amy Greenberger
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Heather
Aug 14, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: history
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
Martin Makara
Jun 14, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Keď som čítal recenzie na túto knihu na Goodreads, jedna ma mimoriadne zaujala. Jej autorka napísala, že zistila, že jej predkovia pochádzajú zo Slovenska a tak sa pokúsila nájsť nejakú po anglicky písanú literatúru, ktorá by jej priblížila krajinu, kde sa narodili jej prastarí rodičia: práve tak sa dostala k Mostom nádeje. Teraz, keď som knihu dočítal, mám chuť jej na tú recenziu odpísať a vysvetliť jej, že to nie sme my, dnešné Slovensko nie je také, aké bolo tesne po druhej svetovej vojne, že ...more
Wendy
Apr 05, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Payten L
May 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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
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Marda
Sep 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Danielle
I have not read Livia Bitton-Jackon's first book, I Have Lived a Thousand Years, but I've read enough accounts of Auschwitz to want to focus my attention on what happens to the survivors after the war is over. My Bridges of Hope covers the time from when Elli and her mother and brother return to their hometown through the years it takes them to reach America. It was fascinating to read of the...chaos in Europe at the time, all the redrawn boundaries. Suddenly the school that Elli attended is in ...more
Marika
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.
Joshua Ndinya
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: memoir
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
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Poulami Mitra
Apr 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Neeta
Oct 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Sonya Morris
Sep 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
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Elizabeth
Mar 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wwii
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
Sherry Mackay
Feb 16, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Melissa
Sep 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing


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
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Mfoor
Mar 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Patty
Mar 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
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.
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Livia Bitton-Jackson is an author and a Holocaust survivor. She was 13 years old when she, her mother, father, aunt and brother Bubi, were taken to Ghetto Nagymagyar. Eventually, they were transported to Auschwitz, the largest German concentration camp, where her brother and aunt were separated from Livia and her mother. Her aunt perished but her brother survived. She, her mother and brother were ...more
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Elli Friedmann (4 books)
  • I Have Lived a Thousand Years
  • Hello, America: A Refugee's Journey from Auschwitz to the New World
  • Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust