All But My Life is a novel written by Gerda Weissman Klein and is a memoir of Gerda's time and life during World War II and the Holocaust. The story begins with Gerda who lives in Bielitz, Poland with her family. The Nazis invade her hometown and quickly the situation becomes more hostile and dangerous as the Nazis start to occupy her hometown and take over the factories in the local area at a fraction of the price. Gerda's brother Arthur is forced to leave town with all the other young men in the town by the Nazis and Gerda never sees him again. Gerda is then forced to live in a Jewish Ghetto alongside her family in 1942 but is later separated from her parents and never sees them again. As the Allies and America take over and win the war, Gerda is saved from the fate of a concentration camp and meets a soldier called Kurt Klein whom she eventually marries.
The book was written by the author to exemplify the horrors of the holocaust and Nazi reign which led to the mass killing of Jewish people and many others. The book showcases the life of the author and the terrible pain she had to go through, including the loss of the family. The book shows that miracles can happen and that eventually Gerda, the author, finds happiness and love in the form of her husband Kurt Klein.
The book was received well by critics and readers and Gerda Klein has created a legacy for herself and in 2011 was presented with the Presidential Medal of Freedom by the President of the USA, Barack Obama (at the time). The book has also been turned into a major feature film as of 1995.