Alicia: My Story is a book about the Holocaust, written by Alicia Appleman-Jurman. She was born in Poland in 1929 and was just a child when the Nazis came to power. Her family was forced into hiding, but they were eventually discovered and sent to concentration camps. Alicia managed to escape and spent the rest of the war hiding in the forests of Poland, living off whatever she could find. After the war, she made her way to Israel, where she has lived ever since.
Alicia’s story is one of courage and hope. Despite the horrors she witnessed and experienced during the Holocaust, she has remained positive and has dedicated her life to helping others. She is an inspiration to all who read her story.
The protagonist of this narrative is Alicia, a Jewish girl. She was ten years old when the novel began and lived in Buczacz with her four brothers Moshe, Zachary, Bunio, and Herzl, as well as her mother and father. When the Russians entered Buczacz gradually at first, it began subtly.
The family had to give up their nice apartment and move into the ghetto. Alicia’s father was able to get a job in a factory, which saved the family from starvation. The family was eventually sent to the Belzec concentration camp, where they were separated. Alicia’s mother and two of her brothers were killed immediately. Alicia and her remaining brother Herzl were put to work in the camp. One day, while they were working, Herzl was shot by a guard and died. Alicia was left completely alone. She was eventually liberated by the Russians and moved to Israel. There she met her future husband and started a new life.
Alicia: My Story is a powerful account of one woman’s experience during the Holocaust. It is a story of hope and resilience in the face of unimaginable tragedy. Alicia’s story is a reminder of the human capacity for strength and love in the darkest of times.
The truth of the situation became very real when her brother Moshe was slain at a “Boys School” in Russia, and their father was gathered up by German authorities. The Germans began to take over Buczacz shortly after the Russians had departed. Once the Germans occupied, they forced the Jewish population of Buczacz into confinement camps. Alicia was just ten years old at the time.
Alicia’s mother and her were both sick with typhus, so they were sent to the ghetto hospital. Alicia’s father had been placed into a work group and was very rarely seen. One day, while Alicia and her mother were in the hospital, the Germans came and cleared out the entire ghetto, sending all of the Jews to Belzec extermination camp. Alicia never saw her father or any other members of her family again.
She eventually made her way to Israel where she currently resides. Alicia has dedicated her life to sharing her story and experiences with the world in order to educate others about the Holocaust.
The population of the village grew significantly over time, and the paucity of housing caused everyone to be forced out of their homes. The only source of income in this situation was to sell goods at the market, and Jews were actively discouraged. Alicia went anyway and sold what she could for food and money until her brother Bunio vanished from the ghetto one day.
Alicia knew he had gone to join the partisans, who were fighting back against the Nazis. Alicia was caught smuggling food into the ghetto and was sent to a concentration camp. She miraculously survived and was liberated by the Allies. Afterwards, she moved to Israel where she started a new life. Alicia’s story is one of strength, resilience, and hope in the face of unimaginable adversity.
After the war, when it was discovered that he had been sent to a concentration camp, Alicia and her family learned that he was en route. They were able to send food packages to him after this. German authorities promptly arrested Alicia and put her on a train destined for another work camp. By leaping from one car to another, she managed to escape from the moving train. She ended up at a river where she was able to follow it back home.
Alicia’s family was very happy to see her, but they were all soon put on another train and taken to the Auschwitz concentration camp.
Alicia and her family were separated upon arrival at Auschwitz. Alicia was put to work in a factory that made military supplies. The conditions in the factory were extremely hard, and Alicia was often beaten by the guards. One day, she was caught trying to steal food from the factory and was sent to the gas chamber. However, she was saved at the last minute by a guard who needed someone to do his laundry.
Alicia continued to do odd jobs for the guard, and she eventually became his mistress. Through him, she found out that her family had been killed in the gas chambers. Alicia became pregnant with the guard’s child, but she was determined to survive and escape.
When the Russians began to advance on Auschwitz, the guards fled and Alicia was finally free. She gave birth to her son in a hospital, and then made her way to Israel. Alicia has since dedicated her life to telling her story and ensuring that the world never forgets the Holocaust.
By the time he was ten years old, Bunio’s life in the ghetto had taken a toll. The people who lived in the ghetto were beginning to suffer from starvation and typhoid fever. Then one day, Alicia discovered that her brother Bunio had been murdered at the work camp. A boy managed to flee, so they lined up all of the boys and shot every fourth one.
Alicia’s father decided that he and his family must escape. They would go to the “Aryan” side. Alicia’s mother and two younger sisters were to go first, then Alicia and her father would follow later. Conditions in the ghetto were atrocious by now, people were dying all around them.
On the day they were to leave, Alicia’s father gave her a knife and told her she must use it if necessary to protect herself. They hugged each other and said goodbye. Alicia was heartbroken as she watched her family leave without her. She knew she might never see them again.
Alicia and her father hid in the ghetto for several days until it was their turn to try to escape. They made it out successfully and found a place to stay with some Polish farmers. Alicia’s father found work in a factory.
Alicia had to be very careful not to let anyone know she was Jewish. She was always afraid that someone would find out and they would all be killed.
Alicia and her father lived in fear for many months, but they were finally liberated by the Russians in 1944. They made their way back to the ghetto, only to find that it had been completely destroyed. There was no sign of her mother or sisters. Alicia and her father eventually made their way to Israel where they settled down and started a new life.