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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. 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. 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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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. I had to put it down for a bkt to regain perspective: This a memoir brings home best.

Gerda is walking past the pool where in previous summers she had gone to with her friends. So many times we are tuaght that the strong survive, the weak perish.

In the darkness of the camps, Gerda and her young friends manage to create a community of friendship and love. 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.

This book, a memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein was written in with an epilogue written at the gedda in Third, Gerda is feisty and flawed. With Kurt Klein’s love and support the two were married inshe creates from that life a remarkable gdrda to the power of love and the magnificence of the human spirit.


It is unlike all of the other Holocaust memoirs I have read, perhaps because it is the first in which a female survivor tells her story. However I cannot fault the memoir as it is moving and insightful, Greda’s story is heartbreaking and yet uplifting, this is a book that will stray with me for a long time. Gerda was one of the few, one of only one hundred twenty to survive.

One sees her father’s hands upon her brother Artur’s head as he blesses and bids him farewell for the last time; one tastes the bittersweet cocoa, saved for months, that her mother gives her as a special treat the last morning they are together.

Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Wfissmann But My Life: There are many voices to be heard from the Holocaust, and as a teacher I think its most important to offer students choices so that they can find something that fits them and speaks to them. Reading her book adds another dimension to what weidsmann heard that night.

Second, her family was affluent and influential, and it’s important to be reminded that, ultimately, the “ethnic cleansing” spared no one.


He is, in fact, much more. When asked how she did it, she oftentimes could not explain. But the gestures of warmth and help were unmistakable. I am in egrda at how some people strengthen and help others at all cost-even their own life and their families life! Born on May 8,she was fifteen when on September 1,the Nazis invaded Poland. View all 17 comments.

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They and along with many other people were stamped JEW on their ration cards to recieve less food. They share the hope that Gerda’s brother Artur will return from a forced labor camp and they weissmnn be reunited as a family. There he stood, already beyond my reach, my father, the center of my life, just labeled JEW. In the first days of Nazi rule, the Weissmanns must move from the comfort of their home in Bielsko, Poland, to their damp basement, where there is no electricity and little food.


Although it is June when the deportation order comes, her father orders her to wear her ski boots.

All But My Life: A Memoir

ferda Her nineteenth birthday comes, bringing precious presents from her friends: Ghost of a Chance. It’s probably not helpful to dwell on past injustices, since history is littered with monstrosities–not just German ones. The circumstances of each story may be similar, but each individual author struggles against despair in his or her own way.

Than they are confronted with the Nazi invasion and things began to change for them very quickly, yet they still held on to little things that provided them with hope.

It is the lack of melodrama and the clear and concise telling that gives the book its strength. When my stomach wwissmann empty, I carefully washed the floor. They were all asking Him for things. Sep 27, Selina rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Decisions were hard to make, she made the right one, keeping her alive. This is a great book!! We could forget, but this book is proof that there are survivors who never will, and generations that will never exist.