All But My Life: A Memoir

by Gerda Weissmann Klein | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 0809015803 Global Overview for this book
Registered by tabby-cat-owner of Bellingham, Washington USA on 4/5/2013
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Journal Entry 1 by tabby-cat-owner from Bellingham, Washington USA on Friday, April 5, 2013
All But My Life is 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.

Journal Entry 2 by tabby-cat-owner at Phoenix, Arizona USA on Thursday, November 28, 2013
This book has been donated to the Holocaust VBB organized by tabby-cat-owner (me).

Journal Entry 3 by tabby-cat-owner at Bellingham, Washington USA on Saturday, July 8, 2023
This book was beautifully written, but it is not about a great writing style. It is about a story of one's life, a life that was filled with horror and pain during World War II as the author who was a young teenager at the time struggles to survive with her family and is eventually parted from them due to horrific circumstances. Yet, the author describes her love for her family and the love that exists between her friends who are sharing the horrors with her during World War II. She barely survives, and most of her friends don't survive.

Released 6 mos ago (10/12/2023 UTC) at Little Free Library, 14th St. and State St. in Bellingham, Washington USA

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