This book, I Have Lived A Thousand Years – Growing Up in The Holocaust by Livia Bitton-Jackson won the 1998 Christopher Award – Books for Young People. So … you may well ask. Personally this was an award I had never heard of up till now. I am so glad that I researched The Christophers as I came across the strap line that is the title for this review. Written in short diary type of entries this memoir of Elli takes the reader from Hungary to Auschwit. It is another inspiring work reflecting faith, hope, triumph and love. I became immersed in stories of perseverance, loyalty, courage and a determination never to give up. As Livia writes in her very personal forward ‘My story is my message: never give up’. Once again there is rending heart ache recorded in fairly short, almost matter of fact sentences yet all without evidence of the faintest sense of self pity. Faith, motherhood, daughterhood, friendship and family predominate and of special interest to me was the development of the mother daughter relationship throughout their experiences. This would be an excellent memoir to share with young people and one that would remind them that it is better to light one candle rather than curse the darkness.
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