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.

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Assuming she would be a bookworm like me. View all 9 comments. She sees the young American lieutenant who liberates her as a gallant hero. Part II of the memoir recounts Gerda’s trials as she is moved from one slave labor camp to another. Everything she loved, everything she knew was obliterated.

All But My Life: A Memoir

They and along with many other people were stamped JEW on their ration cards to recieve less food. It inspired me in many ways. A fellow Jew, he left Germany for the U. What lies dormant in us? View all 7 comments. Refresh and try again. The question “How does one bury a heart? How Gerta managed to see all this through and eventually marry and come to America is a tale of a heroic and indomitable spirit. She came up to the table with a professor I know and although I didn’t know who she was, never having met her before, I stood up to greet her and take her hand.

When this particular story ended, I found myself hungry to know more, more, and more about Gerda.

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Because of his illness the family tried to keep stressful news under wraps. But this is not true. View all 17 comments. I prayed that I should never be assaulted, for I knew I would strike back, even though I would have to pay for it with life itself.

A couple profanities, and hardships at labour camps. Nobody defied my prayer, and nobody eldse thanked the Maker.

I particularly loved the the epilogue and how her American life turned out. Time to read something lighter.

All but My Life

Bit they invaded they tooks Jews gold, autmobiles, bicycles, and radios. At an age where she was most interested in finding a mate, she was prevented from doing so by a genocide — yet it’s clear that this very human need is always at the back and sometimes in the front of her mind.

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Gerda’s serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, Jan 04, Lori rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. The impact is always so much greater when one is reading the words of another’s life, so much more personal. Our heart goes out to them and stays with them. For Gerda this moment begins a new chapter in her life.

Wonderful book from a wonderfully strong woman. We might have had a chance to survive. Gerda and her girl friends are forced on a Winter March from Poland where she witnesses tragedies, starvation and winter weather.

A heartbreaking lif from a school friend telling of the murder of her family foreshadows the excruciating loss that Gerda will soon experience. Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of “all but her life. I will end here with my favorite passages from Gerda: Apr 30, Katie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Second, her family was affluent al influential, and it’s important to be reminded that, ultimately, the “ethnic cleansing” spared no one.


The trials I have endured are nothing compared to this story.

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What I liked was the way the author portrayed herself. I had the good fortune to hear this woman speak at a bat mitzvah I attended in Indianapolis about 15 years ago. It is unlike all of the other Holocaust memoirs I have read, perhaps because it is the first in which a female sur Perhaps it is a sense of morbidity that leads me to read the most heartbreaking memoirs.

Even when Gerda is separated from her parents, their love continues to protect her. Even though it is hard to read about this inhumane time, there are so many life lessons to be learned.

Buy the Audiobook Download: The point of life is go through many obstacles and problems to succed. View all 4 sll. Today Gerda is still alive at I have no idea what it is like to suffer. In this regard Gerda excels.

It opened my eyes to how much I complain, and that I alll the little things in life and freedom so much for granted. Abek fell in love with Gerda which is a big inconvience yet a convience for her. About Gerda Weissmann Klein. This is a difficult thing for me to understand.