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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I marvel at how some people survive great tragedies. She made up skits,stories and plays for a diversion.

I particularly loved the the epilogue and how her American life turned out. She alll her s I was sitting at the reception table greeting guests for an event hosted by Chapman University. The author as a teenage was sent to the labor camps during WWII.

All but My Life

If only I could be certain that someday my children would be standing on my grave. Feb 28, Rachel bkt it it was amazing. I thought the author did a great job in telling her story and that of those who lived through it with her. A few years later the family is separated and Gerda is taken to a camp where she is forced into slave labor working on a weaving machine. Over weussmann next few years Gerda experienced the slow, inexorable stripping away of “all but her life.

She writes so well and she organises her material with such deft architectural skill. I was also very excited to hear the author speak at The Morrison Center.


I didn’t want to make anybody happy. She used anger, faith and love to keep going. View all 34 comments.

In the epilogue Gerda wrote this: Taken from her home in Bielitz, Poland, and sent to Xll labor camps, Gerda survived and was liberated by American troops. I never saw my father again. Jan 18, Jocelyn rated it really liked it Shelves: I do wish I had a hard copy of this book and hope to obtain one in the future.

Open Preview See a Problem? She didn’t know oife because she was closer to her Maker at this point than ever.

She has a loving, close family. Heirs of the Founders. This is not the story of a “sacrificed angel. Feb 09, Sissy rated it it was amazing Shelves: She tells of her children and her grandchildrenher love of America and of Israel, and of her meeting with Menachem Beginwho had read her memoirs and showed his characteristic depth of love and humanity.

He, too, has known suffering and loss. A couple profanities, and hardships at labour camps. Her mother’s last words, “Be strong,” sustain her weissman loneliness and near despair. It is the lack of melodrama and the clear and concise telling that gives the book its strength. This one really spoke to me.

Yet no matter how great her suffering, Gerda never chooses to bury her heart. Gerda is deported and sent to various work camps and concentration camps. All But My Life was hard to read at times because of Gerda’s terrible experiences, but I believe this is something everyone should know about. May 03, Marialyce rated it really liked it.

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They turned against each other in bloody battle, and usually both fell back lifeless to lfe earth. Books like this are a gift to those of us who have never experienced true hardship.


Although stripped of the essence of life, they were able to survive the barbarity of their captors. Love can triumph This is my all time favorite book because what it did for me during a very difficult time in my life.


She spends her life teaching about tolerance and bringing this message to middle and high schools where it needs to be heard the most. It is an unforgettable story of courage. It is only natural for us to think that the people who survived the Holocaust were the strongest, the fittest, the most intelligent.

He constantly pushes his love in her even though he is rejected. As Julie, who recommended this book to me, so presciently says in her review, “Here’s what sets Gerda’s story apart: They learned they could not give up beucase then what’s the point of living?

She is Gerda’s greatest help during the camp, sacrificing food and herself. She lost everything, family, friends, and came close to losing her life on many occasions. 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.

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Inspired by Your Browsing History. Nobody defied my prayer, and nobody eldse thanked the Maker.