All but My Life

All but My Life

Book - 1995
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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.
Publisher: New York : Hill and Wang, 1995.
Edition: A new, expanded ed.
ISBN: 9780809024605
Characteristics: 261 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.


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Dec 05, 2017

An extremely well written book about one young girl's life in occupied Poland, her years in SS slave labour camps, and a horrendous death march as the war is ending. One of the distinguishing features of this book is the story continues after liberation through the period of physical and mental healing. The epilogue even summarizes the next 40+ years.

Sep 21, 2017

Great read, about Jewish survivor of the Nazis.
Hard to believe what humans are capable of.

Dec 28, 2014

More entrancing than fiction's best. You realize the intricacy in mankind and the beauty in it. This is one of the best books I have ever read, and without a doubt, my favorite nonfiction & Holocaust novel.

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