All but my life: A Memoir
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 theeffects of hatred can be overcome.
Biography & Autobiography
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945)
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives
Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Biography
Jews -- Poland -- Bielsko-Biała -- Biography
Klein, Gerda Weissmann
Klein, Gerda Weissmann, -- 1924-
World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscript labor -- Germany
Level 5.9, 14 Points
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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.
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|record_details||ils:CARL0000085354|Book|Books|A new, expanded ed.|English|Hill and Wang,|1995.|261 p. : ill. ; 22 cm., overdrive:c8c0a29d-88ea-4c96-8360-6f892d95609d|eBook|eBook||English|Farrar, Straus and Giroux|1995||
|subject_facet||Bielsko-Biała (Poland) -- Biography, Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Biography, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives, Jews -- Poland -- Bielsko-Biała -- Biography, Klein, Gerda Weissmann, -- 1924-, World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscript labor -- Germany|
|title_display||All but my life|
|title_full||All But My Life A Memoir, All but my life / by Gerda Weissman Klein|
|title_short||All but my life|
|topic_facet||Biography, Biography & Autobiography, Conscript labor, History, Holocaust survivors, Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945), Jews, Klein, Gerda Weissmann, Nonfiction, Personal narratives, World War, 1939-1945|