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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In the darkness of the camps, Gerda and her young friends manage to create a community of friendship and love. Gerda is walking past the pool where in previous summers she had gone to with her friends.


What she faced along with her friends and camp mates was what she tells us in this novel. She has a loving, close family.

I was glad i got the chance to read. Why did we not run away and hide? Gerda Weissmann Klein should be read by anyone interested m what the holocaust did to the Jews, especially the young that were able to live through death camps and the death march AND to be able to write about it. Gerda can no longer visit her beloved garden, only a few feet away.

Dec 28, Laura rated it it was amazing Shelves: I am so humbled by these stories. Assuming she would be a bookworm like me. But the gestures of warmth and help were unmistakable. The copy I read was my mother’s from when she was a girl. Sep 21, Nanci de Suffren rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life and celebrates the humanity of every individual who was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a girl called Ilse.


He did not move. For all its heartbreak All But My Life is a beautiful resounding testament to the preciousness of life. I wanted someone to make me happy. She also writes of how the events of the holocaust years she lived throughstill periodically haunt her. We follow her straightforward, step by step account of the next six years—her path from labor camp to labor camp and then the horrendous death march over the Czech border to be finally rescued by American soldiers, one of which came to be her husband.

I read this book because my high school kids are reading it in their Holocost class. She was joined, beset by the coldinadequate clothing and food, and rampant illness, by four thousand other women prisoners. Each approaches reintegration into normal life uniquely too. And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life and celebrates the humanity of every individual who was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a g 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.

Quotes from All But My Life. Soon the family is torn apart. Our heart goes out to them and stays with them.

Wonderfully poignant book, in the afterward she explains what has happened to her life after the war and why she deissmann felt compelled to write this, her memoir. She has the same eyes. A letter from a family member, deportations that had been postponed, a brother who has manged to escape, a neighbor who brings them food, all of these provide hope. Gerda’s beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone.


Puffs of smoke rose. Feb 28, Rachel rated it it was amazing. I’ll be scandalized if not! 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.

View all 12 comments. She and her friends are sent on a brutal death march.

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Later she thought about her way of praying. It opened my eyes to how much I complain, and that I take the little things in life and freedom so much for granted. Why did we not fight back? Sep 27, Charlie rated it it was amazing Shelves: She just celebrated her 87th birthday along with the 66th anniversary of her liberation.

All but My Life

We watched until the train was out of sight. 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. Her optimistic approach to life was amazing. Now she is walking past the pool, with a Jewish armband, and while there is still laughing coming from the pool, she is no longer able to go in. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts. Reading her book adds another dimension to what we heard that night.