ALL BUT MY LIFE GERDA WEISSMANN KLEIN PDF

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. 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 , Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying jou 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 , Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey. Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 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. 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. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about All But My Life , please sign up.

It had helped me to survive, this lovely world that was to be mine when the war was over. Peachy It's towards the end, Part 3, second page approximately of chapter 4.

Becki The assumption is that he died in one of the camps or transports. See all 7 questions about All But My Life…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Jul 02, Heidi Pikula rated it it was amazing Shelves: non-fiction.

I should probably start out by saying that I'm not totally obsessed with WWII, Holocaust, concentration camps, terror, misery and death here it comes It gives me a renewed sense of well-being, humanity, tolerance, strength and hope. No matter how bad my life seems to be, I can more easily remember that I really and truly have it SO very good. I am humbled by this woman's optimism, courage and determination. I am truly amazed that Gerda is a survivor. At the time of The Liberation, she weighed 68 pounds - and she was 21 years old!

That's about how much my Kati weighs right now, and she's 9!!! Gerda had typhus and pneumonia shortly after that, and had sustained severe nerve damage to her feet. She recovered from all of the above, and has 3 children, and grand children.

Like I said, I think I'm hooked on these type of books because of the outlook on my life that I come away with. 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? View all 8 comments. Apr 30, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: holocaust.

The artistry and vitality and heart with which Gerda Weissmann Klein brings to life her experiences as a young Polish Jewish girl during the Holocaust is nothing short of extraordinary. And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life and celebrates the humanity of every individual who was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a g The artistry and vitality and heart with which Gerda Weissmann Klein brings to life her experiences as a young Polish Jewish girl during the Holocaust is nothing short of extraordinary.

And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life and celebrates the humanity of every individual who was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a girl called Ilse. For all its heartbreak All But My Life is a beautiful resounding testament to the preciousness of life. In this regard Gerda excels. She writes so well and she organises her material with such deft architectural skill. Our heart goes out to them and stays with them.

Nor can I recall any book that has made me cry as much as this did — my little boy was beginning to get a bit concerned and eventually I had to read it while he was asleep. Just the opposite. This is a memoir but because of the narrative skill of the author it reads like the most gripping of novels. As Julie, who recommended this book to me, so presciently says in her review, "Here's what sets Gerda's story apart: first, she's an excellent story-teller and writer, so her tale flows like fiction, though, unfortunately, it is not.

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. There he stood, already beyond my reach, my father, the center of my life, just labeled JEW. A shrill whistle blew through the peaceful afternoon. Like a puppet a conductor lifted a little red flag.

Puffs of smoke rose. The train began to creep away. He did not move. He did not wave. He did not call farewell. Unseen hands were moving him farther and farther away from us.

We watched until the train was out of sight. I never saw my father again. View all 39 comments. May 10, Stephanie rated it it was amazing. This book was written by my dear friend's grandmother. I have been lucky enough to know her, learn from her and be loved by her. What an amazing blessing that have been able to get a first hand account of a Holocaust experience that I will be able to one day share with my children. It is likely that by the time my children are old enough to understand and appreciate this story, there will no longer be any survivors alive.

She has brought so much good out of such a tragedy. She spends her life teaching about tolerance and bringing this message to middle and high schools where it needs to be heard the most. She just celebrated her 87th birthday along with the 66th anniversary of her liberation. View all 6 comments. Nov 03, Dem rated it really liked it Shelves: ww2. Beautifully told 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.

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. 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 and with each book I read I am grateful and indebted to these remarkable people for having the courage to share their memories with the public so we can can never forget the past and the terror and pain endured by these survivors and their families.

I listened to this account on audio and while I can highly recommend the book I cant recommend the audible as the quality was poor and quite muffled, I had to adjust the volume on numerous occasions. 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.

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. I particularly loved the the epilogue and how her American life turned out. I do wish I had a hard copy of this book and hope to obtain one in the future. View all 12 comments. May 03, Marialyce rated it really liked it.

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At times it is difficult to put this book down, and other times it is difficult to pick back up. It is such an amazing memoir I really feel as though I have a whole new definition of survival. Gerda Weissmann Klein. 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 , Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey. Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 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.

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SparkNotes is here for you with everything you need to ace or teach! Find out more. As she loses her family members one by one, she is forced to become entirely self-reliant, and only then does her resolute spirit truly become apparent. Most notable about Gerda is her ability to remain optimistic in the face of the Holocaust and despite everything, to focus on the positive aspects of her life. This optimism allows Gerda to make her memoir a tale of love and community set against the backdrop of the horrors of the Holocaust, rather than a tale that focuses on the cruelty that she has endured.

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