Gross, Elly. Elly: my true story of the Holocaust. New York: Scholastic Press, 2009. Print.
Elly, My True Story of the Holocaust by Elly Berkovits Gross
Annotation: This is a true story of how a young girl survives the holocaust.
Imagine that you are a young girl of fifteen. You are a forced from your home by soldiers to live in a factory with hundreds of others. There are no beds and your only food is potatoes, and many times just the potato peelings. One day you and the other Jewish prisoners are taken to a tent. You are striped searched and then placed on a cattle car with 95 others. There is no room to sit, only stand. Your little brother of 5 must sit on the floor between his Mothers legs. There is no food or water. Your brother cries for food and water until he is too tired to cry any longer. You are left in the car overnight. Too tired, hungry and thirsty to sleep.
This is just one of the small series of short stories from the chapter entitled The Knief with the Mother of Pearl Handle, that Elly tells of her life in Europe from when she began kindergarten to going to college as an older adult. This is not a tale for the weak. Elly in just a few words takes you on this harrowing journey of her life as a Jew in Europe that survived the concentration camps.