Alicia My Story, Book Summary Essay

Alicia My Story, Book Summary Essay

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The main character in this story is a Jewish girl named Alicia. When the book
starts she is ten years old, she lives in the Polish town of Buczacz with her four brothers,
Moshe, Zachary, Bunio, and Herzl, and her mother and father . The holocaust experience
began subtly at first when the Russians began to occupy Buczacz. When her brother
Moshe was killed at a “ Boys School” in Russia and her father was gathered up by
German authorities, the reality of the whole situation quickly became very real. Her father
was taken away shortly after the Russians had moved out and the Germans began to
occupy Buczacz. Once the Germans occupied, they moved the Jewish population of
Buczacz into mass ghettos. Alicia and the rest of her family had to share a house with
several other families which had also been driven out of there homes. The only source of
income in this situation was to sell things at the marketplace, and even there, Jews were
forbidden. Alicia went anyway and sold what she could for food and money.
     One day her brother Bunio disappeared from the ghetto. Alicia and her family
found out later that he had been taken to a work camp, but that they could send food
packages to him. Shortly after this, Alicia was taken into custody by German officials and
put on a train to another work camp. Alicia managed to escape from this train by jumping
through a small window. She found her way to a river which led her back to the ghetto.
By this time several people in the ghetto had been feeling the effects of the impoverished
conditions. Starvation, Typhoid, and other diseases, were beginning to take its toll on the
people who lived in the ghetto. Then one day, Alicia found out that her brother Bunio had
been killed in the work camp. A boy had escaped so they lined up all the boys and shot
every fourth one
.
     As time progressed, Alicia began assuming more responsibility for the daily tasks
of the family such as going out and trading for more food in places other than the
marketplace. While this was going on, Zachary and a few other boys from the ghetto had
been forming a sort of resistance. One day Alicia was informed that her brother had been
hanged. After Zachary’s death, Alicia was befriended by a woman named Bella. She met
many good friends in the ghetto including a future friend as well as savior, Milek
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...and the police wanted to find out who was buying things from her. Over a span
of 8 months they were kept but finally they were released. They received a lot of money
from people that had been saved by their withholding of evidence. Alicia and her friend
took this money and bought a train ticket to Lodz. They were stopped in Lvov because
they went to get some tea while stopped at a station, but the train took off without them
and they left all of their belongings on the train. Next they boarded a train to Krakow,
and parted ways there. In Krakow, Alicia was staying at a rather large house with another
family. She built a sort of orphanage by gathering up homeless children from the
neighborhood. She lived with this family for a long time, and during this time she learned
about a way that she could go to Eretz Island, Israel where she could be safe. She left her
orphanage and went on a long journey where she met many people that were like her, in
that she didn’t like to see people suffer.
     Alicia made it to Israel but was taken by British border patrol officers to a jail on
Cypress for coming into the country illegally. She was then released from Cyprus.

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