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All But My Life | [Gerda Weissmann Klein]

All But My Life

A classic of Holocaust literature, Gerda Weissmann Klein's celebrated memoir tells the moving story of a young woman's 3 frightful years as a slave laborer of the Nazis and her miraculous liberation. All But My Life stands as the ultimate lesson in humanity, hope, and friendship.
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Publisher's Summary

A classic of Holocaust literature, Gerda Weissmann Klein's celebrated memoir tells the moving story of a young woman's 3 frightful years as a slave laborer of the Nazis and her miraculous liberation. All But My Life stands as the ultimate lesson in humanity, hope, and friendship. Klein's memoir is the basis for the HBO Academy Award-winning best documentary short, One Survivor Remembers.

©1995 by Gerda Weissmann Klein; (P)1997 by Blackstone Audiobooks

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Elizabeth CHARLOTTE, MI, United States 10-14-13
    Elizabeth CHARLOTTE, MI, United States 10-14-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wonderful bio from teen/young adult perspective"
    If you could sum up All But My Life in three words, what would they be?

    Tragic, youth, friendship


    What other book might you compare All But My Life to and why?

    The Seamtress (very good!)


    What about Grace Conlin’s performance did you like?

    The accents


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When she lost her best friend.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-21-13
    Simone St Laurent, Quebec, Canada 07-21-13 Member Since 2006

    Join me on GoodReads too!

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    "Poignant"

    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.

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    Linda Palm Coast, FL, United States 01-11-13
    Linda Palm Coast, FL, United States 01-11-13
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    "Great truthful book. Loved it"
    Would you listen to All But My Life again? Why?

    yes


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All But My Life?

    all of it


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    booklover60 small town usa 12-01-12
    booklover60 small town usa 12-01-12 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up All But My Life in three words, what would they be?

    Historical novel at it's best...


    What was one of the most memorable moments of All But My Life?

    The heroine's rescue.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The heroine's visits from her husband to be.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    cry...The Haulocast was a shamefully sad time in world history.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Susan M. Adams Western New York 10-29-10
    Susan M. Adams Western New York 10-29-10 Member Since 2004

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    "Fascinating and rewarding"

    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.

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    Jeffrey Highland Park, NJ, United States 05-12-05
    Jeffrey Highland Park, NJ, United States 05-12-05
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    "Concentrate and you will be moved"

    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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mebythesea Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 09-12-09
    Mebythesea Qualicum Beach, BC, Canada 09-12-09 Member Since 2008

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Wonderful book, totally wrong narrator."

    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...

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    smaran Kolkata, India 08-06-12
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    "Rare & authentic !"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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