In May 1945, Gerda was liberated by forces of the United States Army in Volary, Czechoslovakia; these forces included Lieutenant Kurt Klein, who was born in Germany and immigrated to the United States to escape Nazism. Both of his parents had been killed by the Nazis at Auschwitz. When Gerda and Kurt first met, Weissmann was white-haired, weighed 68 pounds, and was one day shy of her 21st birthday. She was wearing rags, and had not bathed in three years. Kurt simply opened a door for her, and she immediately felt human again. The two became engaged in September 1945 and married shortly after.
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