|Nomadic SA Chick||
A graphic narrative describes what happens to a 13-year-old Jewish girl when the Nazis invade Hungary in 1944. Includes a brief chronology of the Holocaust.
I have read a lot of stories that have come out of the Holocaust. This is probably one of the better stories I've read. Bitton-Jackson tells her story through a very direct, these are the facts, method that conveys well. She recalls events with little emotion, which is difficult considering the subject of the book. She does not shy away from the gory parts, nor does she hide the few good things that happened. A beautiful and scary picture is painted about the last few days of the Holocaust and the things prisoners had to endure before they were rescued; the hell the Nazi's put them through just because they could. Bitton-Jackson doesn't end her story with the rescue, she also talks about trying to find other survivors who were separated from families, learning about the deaths of friends, and how to adapt back into life after this tragic event. I Have Lived a Thousand Years is beautifully written, and very unappreciated.
I give this a 4 out of 5.