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. The All But My Life Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter Gerda Weissmann is a fifteen-year old girl who lives with her . The girls are taken to a hospital and it is there where Gerda meets Kurt Klein who asks her to. 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.

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Gerda’s beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone.

All But My Life: A Memoir

This book gerdx be another excellent alternative to The Diary of Anne Frank. The fact that she is one of the lucky ones is staggering.

Return to Book Page. Yet no matter how great her suffering, Gerda never chooses to bury her heart.

Then I kleij the cause of my sadness. Thank you to my Heavenly Father for sending me this book at a desperately needed time. The trials I have endured are nothing compared to this story.

Friendships sustain her through illness, deprivation, and brutality, as do occasional scribbled sentences from her brother Artur. She was joined, beset by the coldinadequate clothing and food, and rampant illness, by four thousand other women prisoners. The circumstances of each story may be similar, but each individual author struggles against despair in his or her jlein way. There is a presence to her that reached out and touched my soul.


A letter from a family member, deportations that had been postponed, a brother who has manged to escape, a neighbor who brings them food, all of these provide hope. At the time of The Liberation, she weighed 68 pounds – and she was 21 years old! With little coal to heat their two rooms, the Weissmanns are warmed by their love for one another and their memories of happier days. Her family, father, mother, and brother were forced to live in their own basement. All but my life was a good book but it was also very depressing.


Why did we not run away and hide? This was a favorite book from middle school.

It introduces them to last century’s terrible history of devastation and prejudice, yet offers them hope that the effects of hatred can be overcome. She endured loss of family and all the girls she knew where she was in the labor camps. It would have been really special to share that copy with my daughter someday. 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.

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Soon it was hard for them to keep the news secret when the Nazi’s invade poland and separate the families. Both her fate and those of her closes Gerda Weissmann Klein writes of her holocaust experiences. Wright Brothers, Wrong Story. In the epilogue Gerda wrote this: I was also very excited to hear the author speak at The Morrison Center. 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”” Ghost of a Chance.

She also writes of how the events of the holocaust years she lived throughstill periodically haunt her. A young childhood quickly changed, I remember one passage that really brought this home for me.


I am in awe at how some people strengthen and help others at all cost-even their own life and their families life! This book was devastating and absolutely riveting. Jul 07, Maggie rated it it was amazing.

Taken from her home in Bielitz, Poland, and sent to German labor camps, Gerda survived and was liberated by American troops. He was a good friend who tried to keep Gerda’s hope alive while in camp. Abek was a good suitor for Gerda, he was smart and kind and even respected by her father. One of my favorite quotes was: She came up to the table with a professor I know and although I didn’t know who she was, never having met her before, I stood up to greet her and take her hand.

She fell in kelin with the Kleim soldier that helped rescure her and other when liberation came. Throughout the war Abek sacrifices himself by volunteering to go to the worst camp just to be near Gerda. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. Her nineteenth birthday comes, bringing precious presents from her friends: I always wanted to impress upon them how wrong it is to seek a permanent solution to a temporary al. 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.

May 31, Gary rated it it was amazing. Aug 01, Buy. I know why This is a beautiful memoir of a holocaust survivor.