Alicia Appleman-Jurman Message Board

Elizabeth Wood posts on 5/21/2010 12:06:39 PM Dear Mrs. Appleman, My name is Elizabeth Wood and I am a sophomore at Walla Walla High School. I have recently read your biography. You are an amazing lady and I found I couldn't put the book down. I read the biography because of an english project involving us reading a biography of about a culturally significant person and then give a presentation about that person, while acting as that person. I chose to read your book and do my presentation on Ada. I am writing you because I was wondering if I could get a quote or a statement or possibly a letter from you to read to the class while I present. The letter could be on a mostly anything such as your feelings on her experiences, what you want people to take away after reading your book, or just simply a greeting, basically whatever you would like. I know it is a lot to ask but I believe it would be a great to read something that you wrote personally to my classmates. If you would rather not I would totally understand. Thank you! -Elizabeth Wood
Michelle Twisselmann posts on 2/17/2010 4:15:10 PM I met Alicia Appleman-Jurman twice. The first time was while I was a student teacher at La Habra High School when she was visiting a friend of hers in the photo-copy room. She gave me a paper-back copy of her book at that time. The next time I met her I had the pleasure of driving her from her home to Edison High school in Huntington Beach where she gave a lecture to the students at my new school. I was early in my pregnancy with my first child at that time. That little girl I was carrying will be celebrating her Bat Mitzvah this summer. I would love to give my daughter, Alicia Michelle Twisselmann, a signed hard covered copy of the book written by the woman who inspired me to give her the name Alicia. Please let me know if there is a way you could help make this possible. Thank you.
claire p posts on 1/28/2010 9:56:34 PM I have just finished reading your book and I can honestly say I am stunned at horror you lived through and the losses you suffered. My heart goes out to you. I am amazed that a child so young would have the strength and wisdom that you had. Your message has been received by me, I have a much better understanding of how the Jews suffered during the war and I will never forget your family. They live on through you. Thank you for sharing your story.

Jaidyn posts on 12/29/2009 5:14:20 PM Alicia, my name is Jaidyn i am in 7th grade and i have to do a report explaining the holocaust through the eyes of one of the survivors. so i did some research and your story came up. i just finished reading it and i would like to know more if there is anyother websites, facebook, or email i can contact you with please let me know. i think what you went through is truly amazing and i know i wouldn't be that brave even as a young girl now. i would be very scared i would know what to do...but you did and that helped many people. your kids are lucky to have you in a part of the united states history like this. we all thank you for being such a good role model! :)
Kirsten posts on 12/7/2009 9:43:57 PM Dear Alicia, I am a ten year old girl who is studying the Holocaust in school. We wached the movie PaperClips and meny more... I am not Jewish when I first started the project I knew a little bit about the Holocaust now its the second term of school and i know more the most of the people in my city. When i wached the movie Schindlers List i sat down and cried for and hour. I connot imagine what you went through, because i learned about the Holocaust I will NEVER JUGE SOMEONE AGAIN. God Bless You. Kirsten Paige Gauthier. P.S I will never forget your story. Peace Love Happiness!=)
Paloma T.F. posts on 4/29/2009 12:01:56 PM Dear Alicia, Reading your life has been undescribable. I'm recommending your book to everyone I know. I consider it a must-read, for everything you teach us. Your courage and the power in your heart is touching. I wish you the best of lucks. This story won't be forgotten. Have you thought about trying to make a film on your experiences? For sure it would be painful, and a hard decision to make, but this story, your story, would then travel around the whole world. Anyways, and for now, in Spain you have an allie to spread your message. Best wishes tou you and your family. And thank you for this powerful lesson you've given us. Paloma
justin posts on 4/21/2009 3:14:24 PM hi alicia first of all i would like to say i love your book and i go to school at piner middle school and that is what we are reading
Catharine Hylton posts on 3/23/2009 10:26:49 PM Dear Mrs. Appleman-Jurman, I have read your book a few years ago, and was very drawn to the content. The book was very hard to put down at times. I would often put myself in your place in the book, and relive your experiences. Just reading and learning how some people can be so cruel and hateful is devastating. I will cherish your book always. I would love to one day meet you or have a personal conversation with you to make my dream full-filled. Cathi, La Crosse,Ks.
Andrea posts on 3/23/2009 4:41:00 PM Dearest Alicia, I just finished your book at 2:00 am last night. I had it for 4 days and I couldn't stand the fact that when I finished reading the book, it wasn't just a book. When I closed the cover, the pages still spoke to me. They haunted my sleep; I cried for you, I cried for your brothers, I cried especially for Zachary and Milek, my two favorite people in the book. I had my heart awoken to the fact that I don't know if I could've pressed on so faithfully as you did. I have 5 siblings and two parents like you did, and I must tell you, I would kill whoever I could get my hands on if they killed my DOG let alone a family member! All throughout your story, I put myself in your place, and put my brothers with your brothers. I saw everything through your eyes and it was a supernatural experience; I am not a Jew by blood, but by heart. I feel drawn to you and wish to hear you speak even more personally than your autobiography...I wish you could talk to me. I still have questions, but I am unsure as to if you would ever be up for them. You are a hero in my heart, and you have secured my affections. PLEASE let me glean more from you. I wish to know more about your heart, and the ultimate joy for me would be able to simply touch the heroine who has changed me so much. You still live, and I thank God for that. He had a purpose for you and I experienced the fruits of Him keeping you alive first-hand. How I would love to meet would solidify the story and cast away whatever remnants of doubt linger in my head; for my heart knows it is true. PLEASE, if you get a chance to respond to me, you have no idea how much joy you will instill in my life. Thank you for this book; thank you for living through your nightmare so it could affect so many people who don't know just how bad everything was during that war. I know I need to stop writing; I will write back later if necessary. I am only 20 years old, but I have aged with you and see the world through new eyes. Again, thank you.
Jamie posts on 3/19/2009 7:04:50 AM Alicia, My name is Jamie. I have read many many books on the Holocaust. I first was educated about it in middle school, and have always had it in the back of my mind. I just finished your book, and I must say I was completely heartbroken. I cried myself to sleep many nights after reading. i would say to myself "My God, how much can one withstand" Words cannot describe my anger and frustration at what happened and kept happening after the war. I just want you to know that I feel privaliged to have walked with you through your story. I believe you were to live for a reason. Just look at the people that were spared because of you. I can only imagine how proud your family would of been. I would love a responce from you, if you get time. Thank you for your story, it is one I shall never forget. You will be in my thoughts and prayers always. Jamie
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