All but my life a memoir by gerda weissmann klein

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All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein

All But My Life is the unforgettable story of Gerda Weissmann Kleins 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.

Gerdas 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. Gerdas beautifully written story gives an invaluable message to everyone. It introduces them to last centurys terrible history of devastation and prejudice, yet offers them hope that the effects of hatred can be overcome.
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Holocaust Survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein

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.
Gerda Weissmann Klein

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COM A native of the Polish Bielitz, she is merely 15 years old when the Nazis invade the country of her childhood. Soon thereafter things begin to change for the worse with each passing day, the Jewish population becomes subjected to restrictions so harsh they threaten their very survival. Her only brother Arthur is seized and shipped to a Concentration Camp. The family is deprived of food, coal, reduced to living in the basement of their own house. Inevitably even this dreary state of events does not last long and is soon followed by the next step: the ghetto. Along with the rest of the Jewish community they are forced to reside there until Gerda and her parents undergo the final separation, never to see each other again.

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Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book. The story of a young girl in Poland who lives thru the occupation and defeat by the Nazis. First we see had conditions worsened for Jews, then she is sent to labour camps, and finally the 3 month long Death March. A good intro to the Holocaust as it is not as grim as many memoirs night etc. She is a brave and strong girl who reminds me of Anne Frank. Glad the kids have to read this! Both memoir tackles on their experience during the Nazi invasion and both shown us how miserable and terrifying their lives were.

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 , Gerda takes the reader on a terrifying journey. Gerda's serene and idyllic childhood is shattered when Nazis march into Poland on September 3, 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. 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.

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