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All But My Life : A Memoir
All But My Life A Memoir
Author: 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 (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...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780809015801
ISBN-10: 0809015803
Publication Date: 3/31/1995
Pages: 261
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4.3 stars, based on 88 ratings
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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A wonderful memoir - it read as easily as a novel and was very gripping. I was struck about how well she explains her thoughts. A must-read for anyone interested in World War II
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This is a beautifully written memoir. Gerda was just 15 years-old and living in Poland when the war began. Slowly, during the war years, she lost everything. Holocaust survivor stories fascinate me because it is interesting how some people had a little extra desire to live and were able to endure more than others. Gerda was one of these people. She kept the idea of a reunion with her family as incentive to endure the brutal hardships of work in various labor camps. There is also an epilogue written when she was 70 that gives her perspective of bearing the intervening years of her life. I highly recommend this book if you are interested in WWII, the Holocaust or survival stories.
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I loved this book! A great book about a young girl's experiences and determined struggle to stay alive. She lost and endured so much! A much better book than Survival In Auschwitz. A more detailed and descriptive book.
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This is one of the few books that has stayed with me over the years. It is deeply moving and unforgettable.
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This was a true story of a teenager in Poland. Her family was forced to leave their home, then their town. As you can expect, she lost her parents and brother.

I've read many Holocaust books, each one gives me more and different insights. This lady had it fairly good compared to many concentration camp victims, and her life once liberated has been good.

One thing I found interesting is how she talked about how lonely and alone she felt, even tho she was surrounded by others in the camps. But she had lost everything she knew - family, friends, home, and eventually even her country.

I recommended this book if you have an interest in Holocaust and/or WWII.
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Awesome true story! Incredibly horrible details of what the Jews went through during the Holocaust. An inspiring book.
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Gerda was a teenager at the onset of WWII, living an upper middle class life in Poland. She is the only member in her family to survive, she was in various work camps rather than a concentration camp. She lost hundreds of co-workers in the work camps. She is a very good writer who makes you feel you are there with her. She ended up marrying one of her liberators, an Army Lt. from Buffalo, NY, where she lived her life until recently retiring to AZ. A must read.
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I learned about this book at the end of another. I just finished it. It is an amazing account of a different view of the concentration camps during WWII. Very moving and very well worth the read! I highly recommend it.


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