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All But My Life: A Memoir - Gerda Weissmann Klein
All But My Life: A Memoir
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All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. 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... show more
All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. 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, in 1945, Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey. Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 1939. Although the Weissmanns were permitted to live for a while in the basement of their home, they were eventually separated and sent to German labor camps. Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of "all but her life." By the end of the war she had lost her parents, brother, home, possessions, and community; even the dear friends she made in the labor camps, with whom she had shared so many hardships, were dead. 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 story gives an invaluable message to everyone. 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.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780809015801 (0809015803)
ASIN: 809015803
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Pages no: 272
Edition language: English
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Dem rated it
4.0 All But My Life: A Memoir
. Beautifully told.... a very poignant and remarkable story of survival and courage. 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...
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5.0 All But My Life: A Memoir
Gerda Weissman Klein’s memoir of her life during World War II is harrowing to say the least. Separated from her loved ones, surrounded by fear and tragedy, Gerda’s life is turned upside down overnight and she faces years of anguish, pain and grief. Despite it all she retains an immense sense of wh...
Not Quite Home
Not Quite Home rated it
5.0 All But My Life: A Memoir
My students took part in an unforgettable video conference with Mrs. Klein. This is a truly remarkable woman with a story of personal triumph through the worst of times. Her gripping account of survival and personal healing is told honestly. She has a vivid memory of her experiences and recounts w...
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