All But My Life: A Memoir

All But My Life: A Memoir Author Gerda Weissmann Klein
ISBN-10 0809015803
ISBN-13 9780809015801
Year 1995-03-31
Pages 272
Language English
Publisher Hill and Wang
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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

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