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. 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. 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.

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Many Jewish people survived beucase they never gave up.

And yet, as with so many other stories of Holocaust survival, I couldn’t get past just how much all of those who lived relied on luck – some chance happening or favorable aligning of the stars that meant living just one more day. They open our eyes to just how petty our own problems are, and give us an appreciation for the lives we are blessed enough to lead.

Wright Brothers, Wrong Story. She mentions more than once how fortunate she was not to have been sterilized. These chance moments where she is picked to work instead of die seem incredible, but you realize that without incredible luck, a Polish Jew would die.

She came to America with her soldier husband, raised a family and helped other Jews. There is a presence to her that reached out and touched my soul. She reads the book slowly; giving the events the gravity they merit. Like Anne Frank ‘s Diarythe book is a classic of Holocaust literature.

She was joined, beset by the coldinadequate clothing and food, and rampant illness, by four thousand other women prisoners. In the midst of Nazi cruelty and brutal working conditions she forms close friendships. I know why This is a beautiful memoir of a holocaust survivor. A shrill whistle blew through the peaceful afternoon.


I’m so glad that she didn’t stop writing when she came to the bjt of the war. I particularly loved the the epilogue kleij how her American life turned out. Feb 20, Berrett rated it it was amazing.

Part III of the book opens with Gerda’s liberation on 7 Mayone day before her twenty-first birthday. Life seems pretty gloomy when the stark reality of the holocaust is explained so eloquently. I am humbled by this woman’s optimism, courage and determination.

There were several notable quotes. Learned many things about life.

All But My Life: A Memoir by Gerda Weissmann Klein

One of my favorite quotes was: Jul 07, Maggie rated it it was amazing. 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.

I first heard about this book from my daughter who is a school teacher in Chicago. I’m happy to have read this book at last. Unseen hands were moving him farther and farther away from us. What I liked was the way the author portrayed herself. This is my all time favorite book because what it did for me during a very difficult time in my life. Here’s what sets Gerda’s story apart: In the end all she has left are the precious photos of her family, hidden for three years in her ski boot, and her life.

I never saw my father again. Out of a column of 2, girls and women, fewer than survive. It started out in poland with her and her family trying to protect her father from knowing of the war.

No trivia or quizzes yet. I was struggling with a horrible case of postpartum depression and, somehow, I came across this book that changed my life. It reminded me to be grateful for a crying baby, food in the refrigerator, a house to clean, a husband to kiss. All But My Life: I always wanted to impress upon them how wrong it is to seek a permanent solution to a temporary problem.


Even though many people got killed, there is no excuse to just give up on up beucase life is suspose to be worth cherishing.

I will end here with my favorite passages from Gerda: Gerea 27, Charlie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Later she thought about her way of praying. She tells of the welfare of all children are of utmost importance to her ,the abusedthe handicappedthe underprivilegedthe ill.


Gerda is a survivor though and fights to stay alive against all odds. I lost this wonderful book I could barely keep track of my own head in middle school and cried bitterly. The author held on to life through memories of her family and the vow she made to her father to never give up on her life.

It had helped me to survive, this lovely world that was to be mine when the war was over.

We watched until the train was out of sight. Through her memoryshe uses vast decriptive powers to redraw the picture of what life was like in those harrowing years. Gerda is deported and sent to various work camps and concentration camps. There he stood in his good gray suit, his only one, his shoulders sloping, his hair steel gray in the sun, on his breast the yellow star and black word.

I am in awe at how some people strengthen and help others at all cost-even their own life and their families life!