Hello, America by Livia Bitton-Jackson

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The year is 1951 and eighteen-year-old Elli and her mother arrive in New York City. Finally they can leave behind bitter Holocaust memories and become real Americans! From office filing all day, to the challenge of night school, to interpreting the intentions of Alex, a handsome and persistent doctor, Elli soon finds learning English is only half as hard as "making it" in this new world.

Against a backdrop of soda shops, skyscrapers, and subways, acclaimed author Livia Bitton-Jackson fuses old-world tradition and modern dreams, in this vivid kaleidoscope of immigrant America.

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Livia Bitton-Jackson, born Elli L. Friedmann in Czechoslovakia, was thirteen when she, her mother, and her brother were taken to Auschwitz. They were liberated in 1945 and came to the United States on a refugee boat in 1951. She received a PhD in Hebrew culture and Jewish history from New York University. Dr. Bitton-Jackson has been a professor of history at City University of New York for thirty-seven years. Her previous books include Elli: Coming of Age in the Holocaust, which received the Christopher Award, the Eleanor Roosevelt Humanitarian Award, and the Jewish Heritage Award. Dr. Bitton-Jackson lives in Israel with her husband, children, and grandchildren.
Published November 1, 2011 by Simon Pulse. 247 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Education & Reference, Travel, Children's Books.

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In the third chapter of her memoir, the author and her mother arrive in the US in 1951, after rescue from the concentration camps and several years of living an uncertain life in Europe.

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Those who were riveted by I Have Lived a Thousand Years and My Bridges of Hope, which chronicled Livia Bitton-Jackson's personal story of being imprisoned in Auschwitz at age 13, will cheer the final book of her trilogy, Hello, America.

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