9780809024605-0809024608-All But My Life: A Memoir

All But My Life: A Memoir

ISBN-13: 9780809024605
ISBN-10: 0809024608
Edition: 1st
Author: Klein, Gerda Weissmann
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Format: Hardcover 256 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780809024605
ISBN-10: 0809024608
Edition: 1st
Author: Klein, Gerda Weissmann
Publication date: 1995
Publisher: Hill and Wang
Format: Hardcover 256 pages

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Acknowledged authors Klein, Gerda Weissmann wrote All But My Life: A Memoir comprising 256 pages back in 1995. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 0809024608 and 9780809024605. Since then All But My Life: A Memoir textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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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.
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