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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It is such an amazing memoir I really feel as though I have a whole new definition of survival. Like a puppet a conductor lifted a little red flag.

It opened my eyes to how much I complain, and that I take the little things in life and freedom so herda for granted. Books by Gerda Weissmann Klein. What amazed me the most was how she retained her humanity throughout her long years during WWII. Part II of the memoir recounts Gerda’s trials as she is moved from one slave labor camp to another.

There are lofe enough to even come close to the tragedy, the horror, and the depraved behavior that Gerta Weissmann suffered at the hand of the Nazis. The Life of Saul Bellow. How does this type of horror happen? What I liked was the way the author portrayed herself. May 09, Jasmine Walker rated it really liked it.

Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. 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? I was so interested in her life that i looked up the documentary done on aol in called ” One survivor remembers” a well done one from HBO.

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. Again and again I was struck with Gerda’s strength and hope something often pointed out by the people around her, even if she does not always recognize it in herselfso much so that I could understand why she never really succumbed to the belief that she would perish as so many others had.


Wright Brothers, Wrong Story. Abek was also another help although a pain at times too. They turned against each other in bloody battle, and usually both fell back lifeless to the earth. Return to Book Page. I’m so glad that she didn’t stop writing when she came to the end of the war. Here are a few of my favorite quotes: He constantly pushes his love in her even though he is rejected. Gerda’s parents were taken to death camps and killed from there along of 3 million other people.

Sep 29, Karen rated it really liked it. Not that she needs to be replaced, but I don’t think all students are going to relate to Anne. Gerda’s personality is similar to mine, and so many things she said I felt and understood so well.

All but My Life

So many times we are tuaght that the strong survive, the weak perish. I saw a Holocaust survivor. Her family, father, mother, and brother were forced to live in their own basement. It was her father’s insistence on a warm June day that she take her winter sky boots with her that saved her during the forced winter march a few years later-many of the girls there died for lack of footwear.

It is only natural for us to think that the people who survived the Holocaust were the strongest, the fittest, the most intelligent. This book was devastating and absolutely riveting. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. The Shadow in the Garden. Today Gerda is still alive at This book was written by my dear friend’s grandmother.

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She is Gerda’s greatest help during the camp, sacrificing food and herself. I would defintely recommend this to people who like to read books about history. She tells of her camps siters IllseLiesl and Suse none of whom survived-the last dying only moments after being liberated by American forces. What had we to lose? Her family was then forced to move into the basement of their own house.


I was sitting at the reception table greeting guests for an event hosted by Chapman University. 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. At an age where she was most interested in finding a mate, she was prevented from doing so by a genocide — yet it’s clear that this very human need is always at the back and sometimes in the front of her mind.

She didn’t know why because she was closer to her Maker at this point than ever. At times it is difficult to put this book down, and other times it is difficult to pick back up. To ask other readers questions about All But My Lifeplease sign up. Blood of the Liberals.

All But My Life: A Memoir

We see the disintegration of normal life as her family is torn apart. Refresh and try again. Unwilling to allow any of their prisoners to survive, the guards drive them into a factory building and plant a bomb.

Gerda’s struggle back to health is a long one.

Dec 28, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: Even though it is hard to read about this inhumane time, there are so many life lessons to be learned. A fellow Jew, he left Germany for the U.

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