Forgot your password?  

I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust Themes

Livia Bitton-Jackson
This Study Guide consists of approximately 31 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of I Have Lived a Thousand Years.
This section contains 562 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust Study Guide

Themes

The Will to Survive

The will to survive is an overriding theme in this story and can be seen in almost every situation and scene. One of the most notable is the willingness of both Laura and Elli to drink putrid water and to eat horrible food that seems to have sand and even bits of material in it. When Elli is given her first taste of the horrible food in Auschwitz, she retches, as does Laura. Their cousins urge them to try again and their reason for this urging is that there isn't anything else to eat and that they must retain something in their stomachs in order to survive.

Another example of this will to survive is the ability of the prisoners to work in all kinds of weather with very little food and to stand in the cold for hours for roll call. It's also noted...

(read more from the Themes section)

This section contains 562 words
(approx. 2 pages at 300 words per page)
Purchase our I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust Study Guide
Copyrights
I Have Lived a Thousand Years: Growing Up in the Holocaust from BookRags and Gale's For Students Series. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.
Follow Us on Facebook