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All But My Life by Gerda ­Weissmann Klein MAG

January 22, 2010
By Brett Crable BRONZE, Phoenix, Arizona
Brett Crable BRONZE, Phoenix, Arizona
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All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein is about the Holocaust, Nazi propaganda, and the inhumane treatment the Jews endured during World War II.

The book begins when Gerda is a girl living a normal life until her hometown is invaded by the Germans. Her older brother is not there to look after her and her parents, so she must be the brave one and make sure they are safe.

After she and her parents are forced to leave their home, they are separated and taken to different camps. She doesn't learn until much later that both her parents were killed by the Nazis.

Gerda was told to remain strong and never give up, and she did exactly that. She was moved from camp to camp, facing many challenges, but somehow she made it through all of the horror and misery.

This is an amazing story because of the way Gerda recounts her life. How horrible and frightening it must have been for such a young girl. She must have been terrified. She tells her story with such passion, and it's amazing that she survived such abuse and heartache.

I recommend this book to everyone because it gives a personal perspective on a major event that affected so many.

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on Mar. 23 2010 at 8:54 am
Kairi_McEwin GOLD, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Favorite Quote:
“Truth is always stranger than fiction. We craft fiction to match our sense of how things ought to be, but truth cannot be crafted. Truth is, and truth has a way of astonishing us to our knees. Reminding us, that the universe does not exist to fulfill our expectations. Because we are imperfect beings who are self-blinded to the truth of the world’s stunning complexity, we shave reality to paper thin theories and ideologies that we can easily grasp – and we call them truths. But the truth of a sea in all it’s immensity cannot be embodied in one tidewashed pebble.”

I am doing a report on Gerda Weissmann, so this info really helped!

on Jan. 22 2010 at 6:39 pm
alayapoetgirl BRONZE, St. Louis, Missouri
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Favorite Quote:
Life is hard; but it's harder if you're stupid. -John Wayne

Perfect! I am learning about the Holocaust right now, and this review intrigues me to read this book!