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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The author as a teenage was sent to the labor camps during WWII.

All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein

These chance moments nut she is picked to work instead of die seem incredible, but you realize that without incredible luck, a Polish Jew would die. What amazed me the most was how she retained her humanity throughout her long years during WWII. View all 4 comments. Paperbackpages.

I wanted someone to make me happy.

All But My Life

I’ve read only three memoirs from the Holocaust: With little coal to heat their two rooms, the Weissmanns are warmed by their love for one another and their memories of happier days. Everything she loved, everything she knew was obliterated. A Writer of Our Time. Perhaps it is a sense of morbidity that leads me to read the most heartbreaking memoirs.


It’s probably not helpful to dwell on past injustices, since history is littered with monstrosities–not just German ones. Gerda and her girl friends are forced on a Winter March from Poland where she witnesses tragedies, starvation and winter weather.

Life seems pretty gloomy when the stark reality of the holocaust is explained so eloquently. I was also very excited to hear the author speak at The Morrison Center.

She spoke with a kind voice and I remember being so shocked to be in the presence of someone who had seen such horrible things. I still feel horrible about it. 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.

Books like this are a gift to those of us who have never experienced true hardship. Open Preview See a Problem? As heart-wrenching as it is, I somehow feel indebted to read these difficult things and even weep for those who suffered and still are.

Inspired by Your Browsing History. The impact is always so much greater when one is reading the words of another’s life, so much more personal. Memoirs of a Born Free.

Michael Greenberg and Michael Greenberg. Bill Nye and Corey S. A heartbreaking letter from a school friend telling of the murder of her family foreshadows the excruciating loss that Gerda will soon experience. Her family, father, mother, and brother were forced to live in kife own basement. In the epilogue Gerda wrote this: It opened my eyes to how much I complain, and that I take the little things in life and freedom so much for grante This book.


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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 When I Spoke in Tongues. She recovered from all of the above, and has 3 children, and grand children. I was glad i got the chance to read. She told her story, this story, at the dinner and it brought most of us to tears. The train began to creep away. Gerda recieves letters from her friend Erika telling of a family that is trampled in the streets by Nazi Horses and many other horrific stories of what the Nazis are doing outside of her camp.

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And it had such a sweet romance at the end!