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All But My Life

November 28, 29, 2018- 1pm Multi Activity Room

Announcing MCHE’s first common book reading program. The community is encouraged to read Gerda Weissmann Klein’s memoir All But My Life and join us to discuss the book during two roundtable discussions offered in November. Copies of the book are available for check out from the MCHE library.

All But My Life is the account 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, Klein 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.” Despite her harrowing experiences, Klein conveys great strength of spirit and offers powerful insight into the human condition.

To make reservations email rsvp@mchekc.org or call 913-327-8196

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