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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She gives the same smile. Such a duel is all the fiercer if the adversaries share the same body. I had to put it down for a while to regain perspective: Today Gerda is still alive at In the midst of Nazi cruelty and brutal working conditions she forms gersa friendships. So yes, this book is a new favorite.

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Her reactions, her feelings come through as she dealt with the catastrophic changes to her life. Whenever I think my life is This is one of my most favorite books.

It inspired me in many ways. Nothing but our lives. Ilse is the defintition of a buf friend.

I would defintely recommend this to people who like to read books about history. Jan 04, Lori rated it it klin amazing Shelves: Why did we not run away and hide? The artistry and vitality and heart with which Gerda Weissmann Klein brings to life her experiences as a young Polish Jewish girl during the Holocaust is nothing short of extraordinary.

I was sitting at the reception table greeting guests for an event hosted by Zll University. Strength, endurance, vision and faith are very clear I never felt her bitterness in her account, and that was even sweeter to me. They share the hope that Gerda’s brother Artur will return from a forced labor camp and they will be reunited as a family. I was struggling with a horrible case of postpartum depression and, somehow, I came across this book that changed my life. View all 12 comments.


We see the disintegration of normal life as her family is torn apart. He did not wave. Gerda’s beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone. It is terrifying to put yourself in the same position as the Jews who faced this horror, because you cannot with any surety say that you would survive, no matter how strong or clever you were. While at camp She is allowed to write letters and writes her brother All but my life was a good book but it was also very depressing.

Her mother’s last words, “Be strong,” sustain her through loneliness and near despair. I know why This is a beautiful memoir of a holocaust survivor. She suffered a similar horror in the Rwandan Holocaust almost 50 years later. Quotes from All But My Life.

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The documentary was very good I am so humbled by these stories. Fragments of Isabella Isabella Leitner. Then in one camp after another, Gerda saw life and death, until in the last days of fighting, she was liberated by an American lieutenant.

Second, her family was affluent and influential, and it’s important to be reminded that, ultimately, the “ethnic cleansing” spared no one. Even there, their love sustains them. They are all similar, different, excellent, and horrifying.

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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. Because of his illness the family tried to keep stressful news under wraps. But those years of horror are vividly recalled, simply written and deeply moving, the record of a mature woman living again her years on the brink of maturity.


She told her story, this story, at the dinner and it brought most of us to tears. The strength that Gerda had through this long captivity with extreme cruelty and death around her is unreal.

I have to start this review by saying, I saw Mrs. When they first invaded, the Jews got threatened by German Nazi who invaded Poland on Spetember 1, Although stripped of the essence of life, they were able to survive the barbarity of their captors.

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. She recovered from all of the above, and has 3 children, and grand children. 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. This is a beautiful memoir of a holocaust survivor.

Gerda’s story is powerful. I met Gerda Weissmann Klein about four years ago, when she spoke at a local community center. A shrill whistle blew through the peaceful afternoon.

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Then I divided the bread carefully among the girls. Books like this are a gift to those of us who have never experienced true hardship. This would have been a nice addition.