Skip to content
You are not logged in |Login  
Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Klein, Gerda Weissmann, 1924-2022

Title All but my life / by Gerda Weissman Klein.

Publication Info. New York : Hill and Wang, [2019]


Location Call No. Status
 Newington, Lucy Robbins Welles Library - Teen  YA B KLEIN    Check Shelf
Edition A new, expanded ed.
Description 289 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Note "With a new afterword by the author" -- Title page.
"Recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom"-- Cover.
Summary "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's website.
Subject Klein, Gerda Weissmann, 1924-2022
Jews -- Poland -- Bielsko-Biała -- Biography.
Holocaust, Jewish (1939-1945) -- Personal narratives.
Bielsko-Biała (Poland) -- Biography.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Conscript labor -- Germany.
Holocaust survivors -- United States -- Biography.
Klein, Gerda Weissmann, 1924- (OCoLC)fst00081780
Holocaust survivors. (OCoLC)fst00958838
Jews. (OCoLC)fst00983135
Germany. (OCoLC)fst01210272
Poland -- Bielsko-Biała. (OCoLC)fst01229901
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
World War (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst01180924
Jewish Holocaust (1939-1945) (OCoLC)fst00958866
Chronological Term 1939-1945
Genre/Form Biographies. (OCoLC)fst01919896
Personal narratives. (OCoLC)fst01423843
Personal narratives.
ISBN 9780809016532
Add a Review