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All But My Life A Memoir

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All But My Life A Memoir by Klein, Gerda Weissmann, 9780809015801
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  • ISBN: 9780809015801 | 0809015803
  • Cover: Paperback
  • Copyright: 3/31/1995
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All But My Lifeis the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troops--including the man who was to become her husband--in Volary, Czechoslovakia, in 1945, Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey. Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 1939. Although the Weissmanns were permitted to live for a while in the basement of their home, they were eventually separated and sent to German labor camps. Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of "all but her life." By the end of the war she had lost her parents, brother, home, possessions, and community; even the dear friends she made in the labor camps, with whom she had shared so many hardships, were dead. Despite her horrifying experiences, Klein conveys great strength of spirit and faith in humanity. In the darkness of the camps, Gerda and her young friends manage to create a community of friendship and love. Although stripped of the essence of life, they were able to survive the barbarity of their captors. Gerda's beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone. It introduces them to last century's terrible history of devastation and prejudice, yet offers them hope that the effects of hatred can be overcome. Gerda Weissmann Kleinwas born in Bielsko, Poland, in 1924. The author of five books, she has received many awards and honorary degrees and has lectured throughout the country for the past forty-five years. Along with her husband Kurt Klein, she is the author ofThe Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath. The basis for the HBO Academy Award-winning Best Documentary Short,One Survivor Remembers All But My Lifeis the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Klein's six-year ordeal as a victim of Nazi cruelty. From her comfortable home in Bielitz (present-day Bielsko) in Poland to her miraculous survival and her liberation by American troopsincluding the man who was to become her husbandin Volary, Czechoslovakia, in 1945, Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey. Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood was shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 1939. Although the Weissmanns were permitted to live for a while in the basement of their home, they were eventually separated and sent to German labor camps. Over the next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of "all but her life." By the end of the war she had lost her parents, brother, home, possessions, and community; even the dear friends she made in the labor camps, with whom she had shared so many hardships, were dead. Despite her horrifying experiences, Klein conveyed great strength of spirit and faith in humanity. In the darkness of the camps, Gerda and her young friends managed to create a community of friendship and love. Although stripped of the essence of life, they were able to survive the barbarity of their captors. Gerda's beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone. It introduces them to last century's terrible history of devastation and prejudice, yet offers them hope that the effects of hatred can be overcome. "Soul searching and human . . . A moving personal testament to courage."Herbert Mitgang,The New York Times "Soul searching and human . . . A moving personal testament to courage."Herbert Mitgang,The New York Times "An unforgettable reading experience . . .All But My Lifeis one of the most beautifully written human documents I have ever read. In this respect it is as sensitive and 'disturbing' a story as isThe Diary of A

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