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. 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. All but My Life tells the haunting story of Gerda Weissman Klein’s experience under the Nazi regime. Taken from her home in Bielitz, Poland, and.

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All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein

During the winter ofshe began a march from a labor camp in Germany to Czechoslovakia. Now she is walking past the pool, with a Jewish armband, and while there is still laughing coming from the pool, she is no weissman able to go in.

It is only natural for us to think that the ilein who survived the Holocaust were the strongest, the fittest, the most intelligent. Soon it was hard for them to keep the news secret when the Nazi’s invade poland and separate the families. Although, there is such a part of the healing process for a weissmnan to tell their story; maybe that’s what I look forward to in my own life – my own survival for my own trial?

Because we did not really think that human beings were capable of committing such crimes. Friendships sustain her through illness, deprivation, and brutality, as do occasional scribbled sentences from her brother Artur. Each approaches reintegration into normal life uniquely too. Gerda demonstrates an extraordinary ability to recall and describe scenes that offer the reader a strikingly vivid portrait of the small, often forgotten, threads of the Holocaust. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.

A dozen hands stretched toward me, begging. She analyzes what kept her going, why she did not give up weisssmann what the experience has taught her—the value of bringing happiness to others. Apr 30, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Makes me so grateful to tuck my kids in bed each night in clean sheets, with a soft pillow, in a warm house, well feed, and lige importantly they are safe no one trying to hurt them.


Life seems pretty gloomy when the stark reality of the holocaust is explained so eloquently. Gerda can no longer visit her beloved garden, only a few feet away. Many people along with the Weissman fmaily was forced to rebuild parts of Poland that was destoryed form the attack. We watched until the train was out of sight. She is Gerda’s greatest help during the camp, sacrificing ny and herself.

Gerda’s beautifully written story gives an invaluable message btu everyone. Jun 04, Jennifer rated it really liked it.

As was the weissman with all survivors of the Nazi atrocities, she could not understand why she was spared.


She mentions more than once how fortunate she was weossmann to have been sterilized. The circumstances of each story may be similar, but each individual author struggles against despair in his or her own way. In Januaryas liberation seems imminent, Gerda’s worst days begin. So yes, this book is a new favorite. And yet, as with so many other stories of Holocaust survival, I couldn’t get past just how much all of those who lived relied on luck – some chance gy or favorable aligning of the stars that meant living just one more day.

On closing the book, one is left with great admiration for this woman. It is unlike all of the other Holocaust memoirs I have read, perhaps because it is the first in which a female survivor tells her story. Because of his illness the family tried to keep stressful news under wraps.

View all 5 comments. It reminded me to be grateful for a crying baby, food in the refrigerator, a house to clean, a husband to kiss.

Today Gerda is still alive at 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 weissmajn winter march a few years later-many of the girls there died for lack of footwear.


This book would be another excellent alternative to The Diary of Anne Frank. Taken from her home in Bielitz, Poland, and sent to German labor camps, Gerda survived lkein was liberated by American troops. Gerda Weissmann Klein should be read by anyone interested in what the holocaust did to the Jews, especially the young that were able to live through death camps and the death march AND to be able to write about it.

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. She writes so well and she organises her material with such deft architectural skill.

Peachy It’s towards the end, Part 3, second page approximately of chapter 4.

All but My Life

Like a puppet a conductor lifted a little red flag. Apple Audible downpour eMusic audiobooks. For a minute I wavered. Throughout the war Abek sacrifices himself by volunteering to go to the worst camp just to be near Gerda.

I am so humbled by these stories.

There klien stood, already beyond my reach, my father, the center of my life, just labeled JEW. In Heaven, it met with the other prayer that had asked for just the contrary. 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, inGerda takes the All But My Life: The fact that she is one of the lucky ones is staggering.

Even when Gerda is separated from her parents, their love continues to protect her. She tells of her camps siters IllseLiesl and Suse none of whom survived-the last dying only moments after being liberated by American forces.