Written in the spirit of Anne Frank’s diary, Alice has been called “the living Anne Frank” since they were both in the same concentration camps at the same time. Whereas Anne tragically died before the liberation of Bergen Belsen, Alice lived on to tell the world what really happened inside the camps.
Hers is a powerful story of courage and perseverance, plainly told, and strangely free of bitterness. Included in the book are precious photographs from her childhood. Miraculously, they were kept safe by a relative in America during the war, and are the only link Alice had to her past and the loved ones who she lost.
Alice begins her story:
“On a beautiful, sunny May 1944 morning I found myself as part of a large crowd on the street in front of our homes. We were told to stand in rows of five and wait for further orders.I gazed silently around and the saddest picture confronted me. The people were of all ages, among them some barely able to stand up, others were small children who did not know how to stay in one place for very long, and some were young mothers holding tightly onto their babies.
One dress, one coat and one pair of shoes was all I had as I took my place in the crowd.
To one side, the house where I was born stood deserted, the windows shut, the shades pulled. It looked ghostly and forlorn. My mind feverishly searched the past with all its warm memories. Where, I wondered, were all the good times I had spent there? How could one just leave everything behind on an order? The only thing I could do was to take all the memories with me, lock them inside and cherish them forever.”
165pp-suitable for readers middle-school age and up.
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