©1995 by Gerda Weissmann Klein; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks
"Soul-searching and human...A moving personal testament to courage." (The New York Times)
"...as sensitive and 'disturbing' a story as The Diary of Anne Frank." (Library Journal)
Tragic, youth, friendship
The Seamtress (very good!)
When she lost her best friend.
This true story is through the eyes of Gerda as a teen to young adult during the Holocaust. It is very frank about her beliefs and feelings, for instance the man who wanted to marry her but she did not love. This was almost a tragedy within a tragedy. I enjoyed Gerda sharing her life, especially marrying the US soldier that liberated her. I also liked the last part of the book describing how Gerda coped with her past. A wonderfully strong woman who knew herself well.
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I never cease to be impressed by the stories and memoirs of people’s survival during the horrific times of WWII.
This is another book in a very long list of poignant stories set in that time – on some level I think it’s important to read them, it’s like honouring their struggles somehow… does that make any sence?
The recoding quality however is very poor, and only for that reason I would not recommend it because it’s very distracting. Skip it and move on to another one.
all of it
I understand how the jewish people felt during war, I would like to know how the average German person felt. Does anyone know of a book that shares these feelings?
Historical novel at it's best...
The heroine's rescue.
The heroine's visits from her husband to be.
cry...The Haulocast was a shamefully sad time in world history.
Inspiring and gripping story. I loved the author's personal style, weaving emotion with detail into a beautiful piece. I don't understand the complaints about the reader - she was fine. Not exceptionally good, or anything, but not distracting. Listen to the sample to reassure yourself - then get this book! I admit I've been obsessed with the holocaust for the last few months. We visited relatives in Wroclaw Poland this summer and visited Auschwitz. The experience was almost indescribable. I've been reading all I can find from survivors ever since - I am so moved by the idea of overcoming that heinous place and time. We need to remember these people and the crimes committed against them. Gerda's story isn't bitter or hateful, it is just poignantly honest. You will love it.
Readers are a very subjective matter. I happened not to pay too much attention to the reader because the content, quite frankly, is one of the most genuine, compelling and movings accounts I have ever heard from a survivor. Not a light book, but an important one to listen and think about.
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Such a precious memoir should be read by someone that sounds a bit compassionate about what she is reading about. This narrator floats between sounding bored, uninterested and totally unconvincing. I am only halfway through this heartbreaking book and am so unhappy with the narration that I chose to write my review now. I would have definitely given this 5 stars but won't because of the narrator chosen. I keep thinking how someone like maybe Lorna Raver would have made this truly come to life...She would have given Gerda Weissmann Klein what she deserved in a narrator. Too bad...
The minute details captivated me during the entire duration of reading. The pain and misery of the victims are portrayed vividly. The modus operandi of the Nazi leaders used to grab the property and business of Jews and running them by the enslaved laborers are described with great authenticity. The inhuman torture and barbaric murder of the innocent victims should touch the heart of every reader.
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