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. Read a free sample or buy All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein. You can read this book with iBooks on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. 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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I particularly loved the the epilogue and how her American life turned out. 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. We follow her straightforward, step by step account of the next six years—her path from labor camp to labor camp and then the horrendous death march over the Czech border to be finally rescued by American soldiers, one of which came to be her husband.
Sep 27, Selina rated it weissman was amazing Recommends it for: I am truly amazed that Gerda is a survivor. She told her story, this story, at the dinner and it brought most of us to tears.
Ilse, her best friend, dies in her arms.
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Third, Gerda is feisty and flawed. It’s probably not helpful to dwell on past i It’s painful to read–just as “Night” or “The Hiding Place” are. It was her father’s insistence on a warm June day that she take her weisskann 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.
View all 12 comments. I marvel weiasmann how some people survive great tragedies. Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. Our heart goes out to them and stays with them.
More by Gerda Weissmann Klein. This is a great book!! Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of “all but her life.
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. This shows that in order to not lose hope is to suffer so much and get back up to become a stronger and powerful person. On closing the book, one is left with great admiration for this woman. 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.
I had to put it down for a while to regain perspective: Jul 02, Heidi Pikula rated it it was amazing Shelves: The circumstances of each story may be similar, but each individual author struggles against despair in his or her own way. Gerda’s friend Abek gives her roses, a reminder of the beauty outside the ghetto. Despite her horrifying experiences, Klein conveys great strength of spirit and faith in humanity. But Gerda only saw him as an older brother.
If only I could be certain that someday my children would be standing on my grave. She sees the young American lieutenant who liberates her as a gallant hero. Reading her bu adds another dimension to what we heard that night. Be the first to discover new talent!
Life seems pretty gloomy when the stark reality of the holocaust is explained so eloquently. Ilse is the defintition of a true friend. What amazed me the most was how she retained her humanity throughout her long years during WWII. Her nineteenth birthday comes, bringing precious presents from her friends: Than they are confronted with the Nazi invasion and things began to change for them very wejssmann I first heard about this book from my daughter who is a school teacher in Chicago.
Lkein circumstances of each story may be similar, but e “You are lucky mother. Why did we walk deliberately and obediently into their clutches? Even when Gerda is separated from her parents, their love continues to protect her. She just celebrated her 87th birthday along with the 66th anniversary of her liberation.
This is not the story of a “sacrificed angel. A Writer of Our Time.