©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)
the beauty of words even discibing great evil
life winning through against all odds
the will to survive death Not to blame God for forsaken her and her people
Near perfect,a download of a map would have been nice.One was left with the story of will. Reading was done very detached.The agony was not overplayed.It would be nice to know if she still had faith
I know people who were friends with Gerda and Kurt. What remarkable people and story of pure endurance and perseverance. I read a lot of this time period and forever am deeply touched by the cruelty of humans to humans, but also the opposite. This story will stay with me always.
Probably when Gertrude met the American man who became her husband. She spoke of him with such pride. It made me as a listener happy to feel her relief that she was saved.
Surviving Hitler's Rule
Maybe someone new to audible who hasn't heard the terrific narrators on here.
Maybe reading the book since it has such great reviews but not on audible with this narrator.
Almost anyone else
Disappointment since I couldn't stand listening to it, so couldn't finish the book. Only made it through the first 45 mins or so.
This is an old audio book that was converted to a digital file, with mixed results. Save you rmoney.
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.
Member Since 2006!!
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?
"An exellent listen"
This was a wonderful story of courage and stoicism and how the human spirit can endure. The author told her story with clarity and courage
"A beautifully related memoir"
Gerda Weissman Klein’s memoir of her life during World War II is harrowing to say the least. Separated from her loved ones, surrounded by fear and tragedy, Gerda’s life is turned upside down overnight and she faces years of anguish, pain and grief. Despite it all she retains an immense sense of what is right and fair, often putting the needs of others above her own and often putting her own life at risk in order to stand up for her principles.
Although the details given in Gerda’s account do not feel watered down by any means, you can’t help but think that even though her recollections are horrific, there’s much more that she has chosen not to share and can only be stunned by her bravery and determination. She loses everything – all but her life and her spirit.
One of the most remarkable aspects of the story is the advice Gerda is given by her father to wear her winter walking boots one day: advice that will prove to be lifesaving. If it had been a novel, it would have seemed like one of those quaint coincidences that ties a book together but knowing that this is an autobiographical tale actually makes this incredibly poignant. Even though I finished the book a couple of weeks ago, every time I think about it I remember those boots and how her father’s last piece of advice would be, literally, life-saving.
It is impossible for me to give All But My Life anything other than five stars. This is a beautifully related memoir: despite the overwhelming sense of tragedy and pain, Gerda’s will to survive and determination to keep not only herself going but others as well is utterly heart-wrenching. Although I have never been a huge fan of autobiographies, I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this. It is a story that must be told and it is a time that we must never, ever forget.
"All But My Life"
Heart wrenching true story well worth listening to About the forced harsh labour on a young Jewish girl during the Nazi Regime. Remarkable
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