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A Boring Evening At Home Hardcover – April 1, 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 150 pages
  • Publisher: Leading Authorities Press; First Edition edition (April 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0971007888
  • ISBN-13: 978-0971007888
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #691,451 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gerda Weissman Klein is a gift you give yourself. -- Rita Schaefer; President, McDougal Littell

The words of inspiration, wisdom & love provided by Gerda have given us the hope to carry on. -- Frank DeAngelis; Principal, Columbine High School

You help us transcend the terror of night and fog, to see where no other lantern shines. -- DePaul University

About the Author

Gerda Weissmann Klein is a Holocaust survivor. She is the author of All But My Life, in print for 40 years in 40 editions, which has attained the status of a classic, The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War’s Aftermath, The Blue Rose, Promise of a New Spring, and A Passion for Sharing, which earned its author the Valley Forge Freedom Award. In 1996, Klein was one of five women to receive the prestigious international Lion of Judah award in Jerusalem. More recently, she was featured on the cover of a McDougall-Littel educational textbook, The Americans, alongside such other notable figures as Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., Ronald Reagan, and Gen. Norman Schwartzkopf. Klein’s constant striving for the preservation of human rights and dignity has earned her five Doctorates of Humane Letters, along with countless other awards. Her recent television appearances include 60 Minutes, Oprah, and CBS Sunday Morning.

More About the Author

Gerda Weissmann Klein was born in Bielsko, Poland, in 1924, and now lives in Arizona with her husband, Kurt Klein, who as a U.S. Army lieutenant liberated Weissmann on May 7, 1945. The author of five books, she has received many awards and honorary degrees and has lectured throughout the country for the past forty-five years. One Survivor Remembers (a production of Home Box Office and the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum), winner of an Emmy Award and the Academy Award for documentary short subject, was based on All But My Life. She will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in early 2011.

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By WV3613 on July 26, 2004
Format: Hardcover
The third book written by Gerda Weissman Klein, A Boring Evening At Home, chronicles her life in America after the Holocaust. Her first book, All But My Life, is the classic story of her survival during World War II. The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath is her own love story with Kurt Klein, a German born American soldier who liberated her from a concentration camp.

This book, a collection of vignettes, delves into the complex and contrasting emotions Klein experiences at different points throughout her life as a result of her Holocaust survival. At times she feels guilt about her survival, yet Klein is gifted with the ability to find beauty and delight in simple daily activities such as buying bread, and celebrating New Years' Eve.

Family weaves her stories together; she speaks of ones lost and also found after the war. She reminisces about her childhood in Poland and the family that did not survive. Klein's relationship with her uncle, her last living relative and a man with a flair for life, makes a particularly amusing narrative.

Despite huge tragedy in her life, Gerda Weissman Klein took hope and inspiration from being able to lead a normal life. It is an uplifting story of life after a dark period in history, and a woman who bore no resentment, but learned to appreciate even A Boring Evening At Home. I recommend this book for everyone; it has a universal message that is uplifting and will make you take an extra moment to appreciate the small joys of everyday life and family.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Nittany lion on July 26, 2004
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After reading Gerda Weissmann Klein's classic All But My Life, I couldn't wait to dig into A Boring Evening at Home. It came as no surprise that this collection of stories is equally as moving and inspiring, and each memory uniquely shares Klein's reflections and thoughts on her life post-Holocaust. In this uplifting work, Klein's words bring appreciation to even the smallest things in life, whether it be a loaf of bread or a simple evening spent at home with the family.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 13, 2004
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Gerda Klein has the ability to put together stories that pull fromher historic past, yet identify with everyone who reads them. In a collection of very well written stories, Klein reminds readers what the important things in life are: love, family, honesty, loyalty, and friendship. This book can be read and enjouyed by people of all ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By susan klaver on August 27, 2013
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After reading 'All but my life', and watching the documentary 'One survivor remembers',I was anxious to read more about Mrs. Klein and her life after the War. I loved the way the stories were interwoven,with past and current experience. To me it was amazing story. The fact that her liberator became her husband and soul mate. Her ability to appreciate simple things in life was inspiring,very little bitterness of her past life. Truly an amazing woman.
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By kellerie on May 8, 2014
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Gerda's story is amazing, and she is an excellent writing. I have read all of her books, and I use her documentary, "One Survivor Remembers" in my Honor's 8th grade English class. I have to keep buying new copies of her books, because the students like them so much they keep walking off with them!
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