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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Dec 27, Julie rated it it was amazing.
It reminded me to be grateful for a crying baby, food in the wfissmann, a house sll clean, a husband to kiss. Looking for More Great Reads? Stay in Touch Sign up. It is likely that by the time my children are old enough to jlein and appreciate this story, there will no longer be any survivors alive.
She used anger, faith and love to keep going. Such a touching story of a young woman during the holocaust. Mary Queen of Scots. Gerda had typhus and pneumonia shortly after that, and had sustained severe nerve damage to her feet. Charles Michener and Peter Duchin. My mom wouldn’t let me read Night yet which of course I immediately stole off the bookshelf and devoured so I started with this.
Her family was then forced to move into the basement of their own house. I would defintely recommend this to gedra who like to read books about history. It is the lack of melodrama and the clear and concise telling that gives the book its strength.
Gerda and her mother unravel old clothes, dye them, and knit new sweaters to earn money for food. She has the same eyes. I love that this starts out with her happy family, her brothers, her neighbors, her friends, such a simple life zll of hope. In addition to beign disrciminated, they had to wear a yellow start to represent that they were a Jews and got punished if they didn’t. They open our eyes to just how petty our own problems are, and give us an appreciation for the lives we are blessed enough to lead.
There were several notable quotes.
All But My Life
Later she thought about her way of praying. Taken from her home in Bielitz, Poland, and sent to German labor camps, Gerda survived and was liberated by American troops. Then I divided the bread carefully among the girls.
In this regard Gerda excels. This is a memoir but because of the narrative skill of the author it reads like the most gripping of novels. In the epilogue Gerda wrote this: Download our Spring Fiction Sampler Now. She always had a happy spirit with encouraged the alll girls around her.
All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein
This book was devastating and absolutely riveting. She doesn’t sugar-coat the fact that she often snubbed her mother even up to their last hours together though I was surprised she never mentions attempting to write bbut nor the fact that Gerda was often fickle in her friendships. I had the good fortune to hear this woman speak at a bat mitzvah I attended in Indianapolis about 15 years ago.
Divided into three parts, it begins with the German invasion of Poland gerdw September and continues through the days following Gerda’s liberation in Volary, Czechoslovakia, in May Gerda is a survivor though and fights to stay alive against all odds.
In Januaryas liberation seems imminent, Gerda’s worst days begin. A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein. Part III of the book opens with Gerda’s liberation on 7 Mayone day before her twenty-first birthday.
Again she reminded us all to not take anything for granted and go ahead and enjoy “a boring evening at home”. This is the last time Gerda sees her brother. 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.
Retrieved December 28, from Encyclopedia. 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.
Ilse, her best friend, dies in her arms. 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. Inspired by Your Browsing History. Perhaps it is an innocent interest in history. This memoir is exemplary.
How does this type of horror happen? And it had such a sweet romance at the end! I knew that there was laughter and I wanted someone who could laugh with me. 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. She mentions more than once how fortunate she was not to have been sterilized.
I am truly amazed that Gerda is a survivor. The audiobook is read by Grace Conlin. View all 4 comments.
I was also very excited to hear the author speak at The Morrison Center.