Shelves: holocaust The artistry and vitality and heart with which Gerda Weissmann Klein brings to life her experiences as a young Polish Jewish girl during the Holocaust is nothing short of extraordinary. This is as moving and heartbreaking and life affirming as any book Ive ever read. And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life and celebrates the humanity of every individual who was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a The artistry and vitality and heart with which Gerda Weissmann Klein brings to life her experiences as a young Polish Jewish girl during the Holocaust is nothing short of extraordinary. And perhaps its greatest triumph is that it brings back to life and celebrates the humanity of every individual who was close to Gerda, especially her mother and father, her older brother and her closest companion in the camps, a girl called Ilse. For all its heartbreak All But My Life is a beautiful resounding testament to the preciousness of life.
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The title All But My Life refers to what the Nazis took from Gerda, and the book covers the physical and psychological journey that begins when she is just fifteen years old—a journey that she barely survives. Read an in-depth analysis of Gerda Weissmann Klein.
Although he lives only through Part One of the book, Gerda constantly thinks about him and prays for his survival. She believes that he is responsible for saving her life, first by insisting that she wear her skiing boots before she left on the transport and then by making her promise that she would not kill herself. She is separated from Gerda and the end of Part One, and although Gerda never sees her again, she reminisces about her constantly and remembers her in her prayers.
Witty and attractive, Arthur is a brave young man who urges Gerda to be strong for their parents. Together, Gerda and Ilse are forced into camps and onto a death march, where Ilse eventually dies. Ilse is a good friend to Gerda, sacrificing her food for her and putting herself at risk to help her.
Abek hopes that one day after the war, Gerda will marry him. He sacrifices much to be with her, despite the fact that her feelings are not reciprocated and that she regards him as more of an older brother figure than a boyfriend. Eventually, his hopes are crushed, and he loses his will to live while housed in the most horrific German labor camp.
Read an in-depth analysis of Abek Feigenblatt. His love and compassion are vital to her recovery from the horrors she experiences during the war. Read an in-depth analysis of Kurt Klein. Together with Ilse, the four girls form a loving community of support for each other during their journey.
Both Suse and Liesel die immediately after the march. It is her heartbreaking letter that brings the reality of the Holocaust home to Gerda. Although Mrs. Tusia shares the same birthday as Gerda. Her words, before she goes mad and dies, have a prophetic quality. He later confesses to Gerda that he made up the news to bring her parents some happiness, and Gerda decides to keep it a secret.
Anna has two children, Miriam and David. Her experiences are the first firsthand accounts that the Weissmanns hear about the horror of what is to come. After she moves to the interior of Poland to escape the Nazis, she is never heard from again. Pipersberg urges Gerda to keep secret the fact that he was beaten for going to their factory once the Nazis have taken it over.
He moves to the interior of Poland under an assumed identity and is never heard from again. She sneaks the girls extra food in the camps and protects them while on the march.
She continues to visit them, despite being warned not to by the Nazis. Gerda is annoyed by her easy security but still loves her dearly.
Gerda Weissmann Klein
Learn how and when to remove this template message Gerda and Kurt Klein were married in Paris, France. They settled in Kenmore, New York and had three children and eight grandchildren. She became involved with several local and national charities and soon began to speak about her experiences during the war. A book of their letters, The Hours After, is a poignant collection of correspondence between Gerda and Kurt Klein following the war. The book is about two American girls who have a night-time adventure in Windsor Castle , England.
All but My Life
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