All But My Life: A Memoir Paperback – Mar 31 1995
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“Soul searching and human . . . A moving personal testament to courage.” ―Herbert Mitgang, The New York Times
“An unforgettable reading experience . . . All But My Life is one of the most beautifully written human documents I have ever read. In this respect it is as sensitive and 'disturbing' a story as is The Diary of Anne Frank.” ―Library Journal
“Gerda Weissmann Klein moves you, and not just because the story she can tell is so horrific. It is the passion with which she looked through the horror and found a heart-felt and basic goodness in humanity . . . All But My Life is filled with wonderful acts of decency and normalcy, even as she describes three years in labor camps and three months of a forced winter march from Germany to Czechoslovakia.” ―Royal Ford, The Boston Globe
About the Author
Gerda Weissmann Klein was born in Bielsko, Poland, in 1924, and now lives in Arizona with her husband, Kurt Klein, who as a U.S. Army lieutenant liberated Weissmann on May 7, 1945. The author of five books, she has received many awards and honorary degrees and has lectured throughout the country for the past forty-five years. Kurt and Gerda are the authors of The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath, published by St. Martin's Press. One Survivor Remembers (a production of Home Box Office and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), winner of an Emmy Award and the Academy Award for documentary short subject, was based on All But My Life.See all Product Description
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As I read this book, one aspect of it (and this aspect is in many Jewish Holocaust memoirs) continually astounded me. While the events Gerda writes about are totally inhumane and depressing, she somehow manages to find at least the smallest good thing about every experience in the book. She not only remembers the horrors of the camps, she remembers her true friends there and the camaraderie between the women. She not only recounts the tragic leaving of her brother, she writes of the legacy of courage he left her. And when the war is finally over, Gerda's writing tells us of sorrow and loss, yet also of the exciting and promising life ahead of her. It is, as always, refreshing and inspiring to read such an honest yet optimistic memoir. Written with grace and dignity, "All But My Life" is a well-done Holcaust memoir.
All her life Gerda had relied on her parents for security. She never had to worry about working because her parents were taking care of their family. How in a new camp, all alone with just her best friend and many other Jewish girls her age, they all had to do everything the Germans told them to.
Gerda is one of the stongest girls I have ever read about. She has to go through so much throighout the whole book. She has to deal with leaving everyone in her family; after having to work in a Jewish camps run by the Germans, she has to walk miles after miles to Auschwitz. During her walk, the war ends and the Jewish survivor are all set free, Gerda meets her future husband while recovering from malnutrition. When she recovers, She and her husband move to the U.S.Read more ›
I remember trying to read Anne Frank's published diary but just could not seem to get into Ms. Frank's style of writing. (no offense to Anne Frank) With Gerda Klein's life story it was the opposite, I couldn't seem to get enough.
This is the first book on the holocaust I ever read, and still to this day, 20 years later, I still have that copy of her book. My aunt was kind enough to let me have the book so that I could finish the story as we drove back across country towards home.
First, the German police officers took her brother away. Then, the police officers made her mother, father, and her move into a basement. They had to gather up many things as possible and had to move down there. It was hard for them to gather up stuff because usually her dad was the strongest, but he could not pick much up. He could not pick much up because he suffered from a broken arm. Could you imagine gathering up all your life's precious things that you behold in a few minutes or you would be shot? Only the basement was the beginning.
The family was then transported to a ghetto where German soldiers ruled. There, Jews were divided into to groups of men and women. Children had to stay with their mothers if they told the SS man that they were an older age then they were. Gerda's dad went with the men to one concentration camp, while her mom and her went to another. Gerda's mom and her stayed into the same concentration camp for awhile.
From that camp, she was separated from her mom and put a cart with people her own age. One of the people on the cart she knew was her best friend. She saw mostly everything a Holocaust revisionist would deny.Read more ›
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Astonishingly well written, heart rending and honest. One of the most amazing stories of survival and the strength of the human spirit to persevere.Published 10 months ago by Jhuzen Ketsugo
How did she make it through such a terrible time. How strong she remained absolutely amazes me. Guerra Klein is a hero.Published 12 months ago by Kindle Customer
The author does not engage in recrimination. Her boundless love of humanity stays with her throughout her lifetime. Read morePublished 15 months ago by C. L. Shain
I have read many books on this topic. (Probably too many for a healthy mind considering the topic.) No matter how many I read I am equally appalled each time that these events... Read morePublished on June 25 2013 by Theresa
As a Protestant with German ancestors I wish every high school would require this book. Poetically written with emotional sensitivity this far surpasses 'Lord of the Flies' and... Read morePublished on April 16 2004
This book held my attention from page one, until the very end. I actually have read this book( or at least large parts of it) ten or more times. Read morePublished on April 12 2004 by Carol Raup
This book was assigned by my English teacher. The first page, i thought of reading it as a chore. After that, i couldnt put it down. i read the whole thing in two days. Read morePublished on March 9 2004
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