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Forced to separate just weeks after liberation and hours after their engagement Gerda and Kurt began a correspondence that lasted until their reunion and wedding in Paris a year later Their poignant letters reflect upon the horrors of war and genocide but above all upon the rapture and salvation of true lo This book provides a wonderful view of Germany in the year following the war at the same time chronicling an amazing personal journey The difficulties in obtaining permission to emigrate following WWII were much greater than I knew Gerda Klein has written a extensive account of her life at home in the ghetto and finally in the camps following Germany s invasion of Poland that is also very much worth reading Both books are ultimately hopeful about humanity and the healing power of love

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The Hours After Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath

Nd the first soldier to approach Gerda was Kurt Klein She guided him to her fellow prisoners who lay sick and dying on the ground and uoted Goethe Noble be man merciful and good Perhaps it was her irony her composure her evident compassion in the face of tragedy that struck Kurt Klein A great love had begun If you read All But My Life you may want to read this one too since it s the seuel I d recommend reading All But My Life Before reading this because this one refers to incidents in the previous volume This is primarily letters Gerda and Kurt sent each other between his return to the US at the end of the European part of WWII and his arrival in Paris in June of the following year so they could marry There are parts added in by each of them explaining some context and setting up the lettersseparation and those parts are uite helpfulThere s little direct Holocaust material here it is indeed about the hours days months after But it is also by definition about the Holocaust since survival of years in ghettos and as a slave laborer for the Germans that created the situation Gerda was in Although he had emigrated to the US just prior to the war Kurt was also directly affected by the Holocaust and the letters they write trace their psychological paths in the year following the end of the war I am intentionally if rather awkwardly refusing to use the term recovery because there s no way a person recovers from such ordeals they can only grow from there The letters show both of them but perhaps especially Gerda as they start to grow after their experiencesSome of the letters become a bit redundant as they fight bureaucracies in several countries bureaucracies that are also being rebuilt and coping with the aftermath of war On the whole however Kurt and Gerda did an excellent job of editing The letters are arranged chronologically which can be a bit confusing sometimes because they wrote to each other nearly every day not waiting for responses When there is a specific response it is to something that was written weeks previously It is however the over all picture that is important here not the specific detailsThis was well worth reading I am only sorry that my copy of All But My Life is in a box somewhere because I might have referred to it a time or two

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The love letters of Gerda and Kurt Klein revealing one of the greatest love stories ever told Over fifty years ago Gerda Weissmann was barely alive at the end of a 350 mile death march that took her from a slave labor camp in Germany to the Czech border On May 7 1945 the American military stormed the area a I found this gem at a thrift store what a great find I was unfamiliar with Gerda Weissman Klein s story I would have read All But My Life first but still highly enjoyed it The book is written as a series of letters between Gerda and her husband post war Letter writing has become a lost art The letters are written beautiful and made me feel like I was present A good book to transport you back in time


10 thoughts on “The Hours After Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath

  1. says:

    I am a huge fan of Gerda Weissmann Klein as a Holocaust survivor and human rights activist she has shared her sto

  2. says:

    By the same author as All But My Life this is a collection of letters between Gerda and Kurt during the months that they waited between their engagement and wedding It was at times difficult to wade through so many letters unlike reading a continuous narrative but there are some really wonderful expressions of love and longing poignant memories and deeply meaningful insights based on their war experiences

  3. says:

    I found this gem at a thrift store what a great find I was unfamiliar with Gerda Weissman Klein's story I would have read All But My Life fir

  4. says:

    If you read All But My Life you may want to read this one too since it's the seuel I'd recommend reading All But My Life Before readin

  5. says:

    The hours I read The Hours After is not like the other Holocaust books I have read This one focuses on the story of the survivors and not on what happened in the end This story is of a liberator and the and one of the people he liberated This book is composed of the letters that these two wrote to each otherAlthough you do find your self wondering threw the book what might have been lost in the translations sin

  6. says:

    One would think that the exchange of so many letters written so close together would bore one to death This is not the case Each letter had much the same as others and at the same time so much of value that made each worthwhile I had one troubling thought that followed me throughout the book I wondered if Shirley Temple Black had read this book I know she must be aware of the wonderful effect her persona has had on th

  7. says:

    No one writes love letter like this any The details of these two trying to come together again after the war tak

  8. says:

    To be honest I never actually finished it From time to time I bring this book out and read a few of the letters sent between Mrs Klein and her husband Kurt Beautiful I meet Mrs Klein during my Freshman year of college and I have to say that no amount of documentaries movies books can bring you to the reality of the horri

  9. says:

    This book provides a wonderful view of Germany in the year following the war at the same time chronicling an amazing personal journey The difficulties in obtaining permission to emigrate following WWII were much greater than I knew Gerda Klein has written a extensive account of her life at home in the ghetto and finally

  10. says:

    A wonderful and bittersweet book about survival healing and learning to live again The letters written back from Gerda and Kurt where heartfelt and wonderfulI enjoyed everyone one and how Gerda matured from girl to woman I

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