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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Return to Book Page. All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein. From her comfortable home in Bielitz present-day Bielsko in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops–including the man who was to become her husband–in Volary, Czechoslovakia, inGerda takes the All But My Life: From her comfortable home in Bielitz present-day Bielsko in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops–including the man who was to become her husband–in Volary, Czechoslovakia, inGerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey.
Gerda’s serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, Although the Weissmanns were permitted to live for a while in the basement of their home, they were eventually separated gerdaa sent to German labor camps. Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of “all but her life. Despite her horrifying experiences, Klein conveys great strength of spirit and faith in humanity. In the darkness of the camps, Gerda and her young friends manage to create a community of friendship and love.
Although stripped of the essence of life, they were able to survive the barbarity of their captors. Gerda’s beautifully written lifr gives an invaluable message to everyone. It wesismann them to last century’s terrible history of devastation and prejudice, yet offers them hope that the effects of hatred can be overcome.
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All but My Life
Peachy It’s towards the end, Part 3, second page approximately of chapter 4. See all 5 questions about All But My Life…. Lists with This Book. Jul 02, Heidi Pikula rated it it was amazing Shelves: I should probably start out by saying that I’m not totally obsessed with WWII, Holocaust, concentration camps, terror, misery and death here it comes It gives me a renewed sense of well-being, humanity, tolerance, strength and hope.
No matter how bad my life seems to be, I can more easily remember that I really and truly have it SO very good. I am humbled by this woman’s optimism, courage and determination. I am truly amazed that Gerda is a survivor.
At the time of The Liberation, she weighed 68 pounds – and she was 21 years old! That’s about how much my Kati weighs right now, and she’s 9!!! Gerda had typhus and pneumonia shortly after that, and had sustained severe nerve damage to her feet. She recovered from all of the above, and has 3 children, and grand children.
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. 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?
View all 7 comments. May 10, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. This book was written by my dear friend’s grandmother. I have been lucky enough to know her, learn from her and be loved by her. What an amazing blessing that have been able to get a first hand account of a Holocaust experience that I will be able to one day share with my children. It is likely that by the time my children are old enough to understand and appreciate this story, there will no longer be any survivors alive.
She has brought so much good out of such a tragedy.
All But My Life: A Memoir
She spends her life teaching about tolerance and bringing this message to middle and high schools where it needs to be heard the most. She just celebrated her 87th birthday along with the 66th anniversary of her liberation. View all 5 comments.
Apr 30, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life and celebrates the humanity of every individual who was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a g 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.
And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life kleim celebrates the humanity of every individual k,ein was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a girl called Ilse. For all its heartbreak All But My Alp is a beautiful resounding testament to the preciousness of life.
In this regard Gerda excels. She writes so well and she organises her material with such greda architectural skill. Our heart goes out to them and stays with them. Nor can I recall any book that has made me cry as much as this did — my little boy was beginning to get a bit concerned and eventually I had to read it while he was asleep.
This is a memoir but because of the narrative skill of the author it reads like the most gripping of novels.
As Julie, who recommended this book to me, so presciently says in her review, “Here’s what sets Gerda’s story apart: There he stood in his good gray suit, his only one, his shoulders sloping, his hair steel gray in the sun, on his breast the yellow star and black word. There he stood, already beyond my reach, my father, the center of my life, just labeled JEW. A shrill whistle blew through the peaceful afternoon.
Like a puppet a conductor lifted a little red flag. Puffs of smoke rose. The train began to creep gut. He did not move. He did not llfe. He did not call farewell. Unseen hands were moving him farther and farther away from us. We watched until the train was out of sight. I never saw my father again. View all 34 comments. Nov 03, Dem rated it really liked it. This is the story of Garda Weissmann Klein’s six year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty, from her confortable home in Bielitz in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops including the man who was later to to become her husband.
I never find it difficult to explain why I read so many books written by Hollocualt survivors as I find their stories compelling, remarkable, and inspiring. I never find it difficult to explain why I read so many books written by Hollocualt survivors as I find 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 weixsmann share their memories with the public so we can can never forget the past and the terror and pain endured by these survivors and their families.
I listened to this account on audio and while I can highly recommend the klin I cant recommend the audible as the quality was poor and quite muffled, I had to adjust the volume on numerous occasions. It almost felt like I was listening to an old black and while movie with poor sound and the narrator sounded bored reading the book.
However I cannot fault the memoir as it is moving and insightful, Greda’s story is heartbreaking and yet uplifting, this is a book that will stray with me for a long time.
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I particularly loved the the epilogue and how her American life turned out. I do wish I had a hard copy of this book and hope to obtain one in the future. View all 12 comments. May 03, Marialyce rated it really liked it. I can’t possibly award any stars to this novel. There are not enough to even come close to the tragedy, the horror, and the depraved behavior that Gerta Weissmann suffered at the hand of the Nazis. She lost everything, family, friends, and came close to losing her life on many occasions.
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.
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 her parents and her beloved brother.
During the winter ofshe began a march from a labor camp in Germany to Czechoslovakia. She was joined, beset by the coldinadequate clothing and food, and rampant illness, by four thousand other women prisoners. Gerda was one of the few, one of only one hundred twenty to survive. When asked how she did it, she oftentimes could not explain. As was the case with all survivors of the Nazi atrocities, she could not understand why she was spared. Everything she loved, everything she knew was obliterated.
How Gerta managed to see all this through and eventually marry and come to America is a tale of a heroic and indomitable spirit. What she faced along with her friends and camp mates was what she tells us in this novel. This was truly a brave soul, whose courage and strength is an inspiration to all those privileged enough to know her and read her poignant story.
View all 19 comments. Dec 27, Julie rated it it was amazing.