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.

Author: Balrajas Digul
Country: Sierra Leone
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Travel
Published (Last): 12 August 2007
Pages: 118
PDF File Size: 4.86 Mb
ePub File Size: 10.68 Mb
ISBN: 939-5-67790-881-6
Downloads: 3764
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Daimuro

One sees her father’s hands upon her brother Artur’s head as he blesses and bids him farewell for the last time; one tastes the bittersweet cocoa, saved for months, that her mother gives her as a special treat the last morning they are together. But the gestures of warmth and help were unmistakable.

Sep 29, Karen rated it really liked it. She said after many of her loved one passed away “”now i have to live,” i said to myself, “beucase I am alone and nothing hurt me any more”” Account Options Sign in.

She made up skits,stories and plays for a diversion. Gerda wdissmann walking past the pool where in previous summers she had gone to with her friends. It is terrifying to put yourself in the same position as the Jews weiissmann faced this horror, because you cannot with any surety say that you would survive, no matter how wrissmann or clever you were.

It’s probably not helpful to dwell on past i It’s painful to read–just as “Night” or “The Hiding Place” are. Need I say more? But this is not true. She and her friends are sent on a brutal death march. These chance moments where she is picked to work instead of die seem weissmann, but you realize that without incredible luck, a Polish Jew would die.

Because we did not really think that human beings were capable of committing such crimes. In the midst of Nazi cruelty and b Ilse, a childhood friend of mine, once found a raspberry in the concentration camp and carried it in her pocket all day to present to me that night on a leaf.


On closing the book, one is left with great admiration for this woman. Over the weussmann few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of “all mlein her life. Although, there is ubt 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 geda my own trial?

In klrin book, you see the young girl, the teenager dealing with unspeakable horror, pain and loss. One can speak of the horror of the holocaust in numbers, but for me, what hits home more is the suffering endured by individuals one by one. View all 12 comments. A few years later the family is separated and Gerda is taken to a camp where she is forced into slave labor working on a weaving machine. Ilse, a childhood friend of mine, once found a raspberry in the concentration camp and carried it in her pocket all day to present to me that night on a leaf.

And, when a person feels shaky about new leadership or an unusual direction being taken within their community, I don’t think it’s a bad idea to read a Holocaust memoir. He was a good friend who tried to keep Gerda’s hope alive while in camp. In Heaven, it met with the other prayer that had yerda for just the contrary.

Thus, it was hard to make friends beucase many would have to mourn the death of the people they loved for example Suse and Lisel who were friend she made at the camp and died went sent on the death march. Abek was a good suitor llife Gerda, he was smart and kind and even respected by her father.

Now she is walking past the pool, with a Jewish armband, and while there is still laughing coming from the pool, she is no longer able to go in.


With Kurt Klein’s love and support the two were married inshe creates from that life a remarkable testimony to the power of love and the magnificence of the human spirit. Then, copy and paste the text into your bibliography or works cited list.


Than they are confronted with the Nazi invasion and things began to change for them very quickly, yet they still held on to little things that provided them with hope.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. It had helped me to survive, this lovely world that was to be mine when the war was over. The account is riveting, all the more so due to the straightforward, dispassionate tone in which it is told.

He is, in fact, much more.

I first heard about this book from my daughter weissmann is a school teacher in Chicago. All But My Life was hard to read at times because of Gerda’s terrible experiences, but I believe this is something everyone should know about.

The story for Gerda continues to get worse as she marches on “Death Marches”where she loses Ilse to the cold and the weariness of her body. Unseen hands were moving him farther and farther away from us. weisssmann

All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein

Charles Michener and Peter Duchin. This one really spoke to me.

From her comfortable home in Bielitz present-day Weiwsmann 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 reader on a terrifying journey. Want to Read saving…. Read it Forward Read it first. 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.

I thought the author did a great job in telling her story and that of those who lived through it with her.

All but My Life

This a memoir brings home best. Stay in Touch Sign up.

Both her fate and those of her closest companions are clearly and succinctly spoken of. She told her s I was sitting at the reception table greeting guests for weidsmann event hosted by Chapman University.

Please try again later.