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All But My Life. by  Gerda Weissman Klein - Signed First Edition - 1957 - from Raptis Rare Books (SKU: 124539)

All But My Life.

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All But My Life.

by Klein, Gerda Weissman

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New York: Hill & Wang, 1957. First edition of the author's "moving personal testament to courage" memoir. Octavo, original cloth, frontispiece. Signed by Gerda Weissman Klein on the front free endpaper. Near fine in a good dust jacket with some wear and rubbing. Jacket design by Leo Manso. 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. "An unforgettable reading experience . . . All But My Life is one of the most beautifully written human documents I have ever read. In this respect it is as sensitive and 'disturbing' a story as is The Diary of Anne Frank" (Library Journal).

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Bookseller
Raptis Rare Books US (US)
Bookseller's Inventory #
124539
Title
All But My Life.
Author
Klein, Gerda Weissman
Book condition
Used
Binding
Hardcover
Publisher
Hill & Wang
Place of Publication
New York
Date Published
1957
Keywords
All But My Life First Edition, Gerda Weissman Klein First Edition, Gerda Weissman Klein Signed
Bookseller catalogs
Biography and Autobiography;

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About Raptis Rare Books

Founded by Matthew and Adrienne Raptis, Raptis Rare Books is an antiquarian book firm that specializes in literature, children's books, economics, photo books, signed and inscribed books, and landmark books in all fields. Our business model is simple: we strive to handle books that are in exceptional condition and to provide exceptional customer service. We are proud members of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America (ABAA) and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers (ILAB) and exhibit at major book fairs in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Boston, as well as other regional fairs.

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