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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Starting apl 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.

Throughout the war Abek sacrifices himself by volunteering to go to the worst camp just to be near Gerda. I think, though, that it is because I experience my life – my comfortable, easy life – so much more gfrda when I see how others have suffered and survived.

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. Books by Gerda Weissmann Klein. Wonderfully poignant book, in the afterward she explains what has happened to her life after the war and why she has felt compelled to write this, her memoir.

She has brought so much good out of such a tragedy. The strength that Gerda had through this long captivity with extreme cruelty and death around her is unreal.

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gerra 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. Ghost of a Chance. Time to read something lighter. Ilse, her best friend, dies in her arms. The question “How does one bury a heart? Divided into three parts, it begins with the German invasion of Poland in September and continues through the days following Gerda’s liberation in Volary, Czechoslovakia, in May Later she thought about her I read this book because my high school kids are reading it in their Holocost class.

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We follow her straightforward, step by step account of the next six years—her path from labor camp to labor camp and then the horrendous death march over the Czech border to be finally rescued weissann American soldiers, one of which came to be her husband. Gerda’s beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone. She endured loss of family and all the girls she knew where she was in the labor camps.

It gives me a renewed sense of well-being, humanity, tolerance, strength and hope. Our heart goes out to them and stays with them.

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I leaned against the tiled wall of the cubicle and vomited while the water ran over me. A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein. She tells of her camps siters IllseLiesl and Suse none of whom survived-the last dying only moments after being liberated by American forces. The point of life is go through many obstacles and problems to succed.

I had the good fortune to hear this woman speak at a bat mitzvah I attended in Indianapolis about 15 years ago. 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. As heart-wrenching as it is, I somehow feel indebted to read these difficult things and even weep for those who suffered and still are.

Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of “all but her life. She has the same eyes. The Life of Saul Bellow.

Even though so many hardship was forced on the Jews, Gerda stated “to you, life still means beauty, and that is how it should be” Stay in Touch Sign up.


Army lieutenant liberated Weissmann on May 7, Gerda as one of the victim was sent out of her own country. View all 19 comments. This book made me appreciate life more, and strengthened me to never look the other way at someones suffering. Oct 30, Lisa rated it it was amazing. A dozen hands stretched toward me, begging. Eventually because Gerda only sees him as a an older brother figure Abek loses his will to live and dies in Auswich. Her family was Jewish, well-off and lived in Bielitz, Poland.

What she faced along with her friends and camp mates was what she tells us in this novel. When she spoke I was witness to what she became.


In the first days of Nazi rule, the Weissmanns must move from the comfort of their home in Bielsko, Poland, to their damp basement, where there is no electricity and little food.

Aug 22, Olivia rated it it was amazing Shelves: I listened to this account on audio and while I can highly recommend the book I cant recommend the audible as the quality was lal and quite muffled, I had to adjust the volume on numerous occasions. Everything All at Once.

She conveyed a sense of a strong personality, sensitive to others but not backing away from her values or her reality.

She mentions more than once how fortunate she was not to have been sterilized. It’s probably not helpful to dwell on past i It’s painful to read–just as “Night” or “The Hiding Place” are.

Why did we walk deliberately and obediently into their clutches? It was a wonderful surprise. All But My Wessmann was hard to read at times because of Gerda’s terrible experiences, but I believe this is something everyone should know about. View all 7 comments.