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Gerda Weissmann Klein. Gerda’s maturation takes place gradually throughout All But My Life, under the shadow of the Nazi regime. At the beginning of her. are thought to be impatient with all things foreign or uncool sat there in rapt attention, already transformed by her book, All But My. Life (Gerda Weissmann Klein. All but My Life tells the haunting story of Gerda Weissman Klein’s experience under the Nazi regime. Taken from her home in Bielitz, Poland, and.

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He is, in fact, much more. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Her family, father, mother, and brother were forced to live in their own basement. Although, there is such a part of the healing process for a survivor to tell their story; maybe that’s what I look forward to in my own life – my own survival for my own trial?

I have read a few Holocaust memoirs not a ton and this is one of the best so far. I’ll be scandalized if not!

All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein

Apr 30, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: She said after many of her loved one passed away “”now i have to live,” i said to myself, “beucase I am alone and nothing hurt me any more”” Even though it is hard to read about this inhumane time, there are so many life lessons to be learned. Sep 27, Charlie rated it weissjann was amazing Shelves: I prayed that I should never be assaulted, for I knew I would strike back, even though I would have to pay for it with life itself.

Gerda Travels alone until she is finally liberated by American soldiers, one of which, Kurt Klein becomes her husband. Than they are confronted with the Nazi invasion and things began to change for them very quic I first heard about this book from my daughter who is a school teacher in Chicago.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. There he stood, already beyond my reach, my father, the center gerdaa my life, just labeled JEW.

She tells of three years in a labour campand three years of a forced winter march from Poland to Czechoslovakia. Looking into her eyes, I saw a peace and strength that took my breath away. Whenever I think my life is This is one of my most favorite books. Gerda’s friend Abek gives her roses, a reminder of the beauty outside the ghetto. Some of the places and names are muffled, which I believe is a result of faulty recording. mu


Thank you to my Heavenly Father for sending me this book at a desperately needed time. Again she reminded us all to not take anything for granted and go ahead and enjoy “a boring evening at home”. I marvel at how some people survive great tragedies. I was so interested in her life that i looked up the documentary done on her in called ” One survivor remembers” a well done one from HBO. Such a duel is all the fiercer if the adversaries share the same body.

She analyzes what kept her going, why she did k,ein give bur and what the experience has taught her—the value of bringing happiness to others. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.

All But My Life

Out of a column of 2, girls and women, fewer than survive. She sees the young American lieutenant who liberates her as a gallant hero. She also writes of how the events of the holocaust years she lived throughstill periodically haunt her. Thank you to the author and her husband for showing wissmann what courage, nobility, compassion, determination, strength, and love look like.

Abek was a good suitor for Gerda, he was smart and kind and even respected by her father. I have been lucky enough to know her, learn from her and be loved by her. I never find it difficult to explain why I read so many books written by Hollocualt survivors as I lire their stories compelling, remarkable, and inspiring and with each book I read I am grateful and indebted to these remarkable people for having the courage to share their memories with the public so we can can never forget the past kleiin the terror and pain endured by these survivors and their families.

She is Gerda’s greatest help during the camp, sacrificing food and herself. The documentary was very good I love that this starts out with her happy family, her brothers, weissmxnn neighbors, her friends, such a simple life full of hope.

Just as Gerda now uses these memories to appreciate all she has now, I want to remember and appreciate all that I have as well. Modern Language Association http: As was the case with all survivors of the Nazi atrocities, she could not understand why she was spared. Being a young girl myself, I think the story affected me in a way that it could kleln have if I had read at an older age.


This book made me appreciate life more, and strengthened me to never look the other way at someones suffering. A young childhood quickly changed, I remember one passage that really brought this home for me. My mom wouldn’t let me read Night yet which of course I immediately stole off the bookshelf and devoured so I started with this.

When I Spoke in Tongues. I know why This is a beautiful memoir of a holocaust survivor. Her family was then forced to move into the basement of their own house. I listened to this account on audio and while I can highly recommend the book Weismann cant recommend the audible as the quality was poor and quite muffled, I had to adjust the volume on numerous occasions.

Like I said, I think I’m hooked on these type of books because of the outlook on my life that I come away with. Starting at the age of eighteen, Gerda who had led a life filled with family love, would often think of her family and those thoughts seemed to keep her going with the hope that one day she would reunite with he I can’t possibly award any stars to this novel.

He continues to love her and like Ilse vut himself to be with her.

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She told her story, this story, at the dinner and it brought most of us to tears. It started out in poland with her and her family trying to protect koein father from knowing of the war. The account is riveting, all the more so due to the straightforward, dispassionate tone in which it is told. The artistry and vitality and heart with which Gerda Weissmann Klein brings to life her experiences as a young Polish Jewish girl during the Holocaust is nothing short of extraordinary.

I was also very excited to hear the author speak at The Morrison Center.