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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: Jill Gabrielle Klein; 1 edition (April 24, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615806961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615806969
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #434,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Professor Jill Klein, Ph.D. is a social psychologist who is on the faculty of Melbourne Business School at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She and her father speak internationally to audiences on the topic of resilience.

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The book is well written and easy to read.
angela ofner
It's a story so real and so intense, that I just had to get it after the first time I read it.
Elana
A truly amazing and wonderfully told story of resilience and courage.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith Peterson on July 10, 2013
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From the moment you meet Jill's relatives, you are drawn to them. They are much like my own relatives whose lives have been taken because of the same man's wrath. This book is not just a story. It's what happened. You will learn things that you never knew from people who actually experienced the horrors. The fact that most of Jill's family stayed strong and survived and came out and were able to do what their dreams were (marry the men of their dreams), says a lot about endurance and hope. What is important at one moment suddenly is pointless the next. It's being together and having food. That's it. Fighting through the horrors of all that they endured with the hope of one day going home to be together. That's how they survived. I learned a lot from you, Jill. Thank you for writing this book about your family. Of course I have read several books on the holocaust. It's in me to know. I'm glad you opened my eyes to what happened to your family and thousands of others.

Yes, I highly recommend you pick up a copy of this book. It's history. It's love. It's family. Thank you.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By John Henry on October 28, 2013
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Gene and Barb have been friends and neighbors since we first moved to the Villages seven years ago. I knew a little of the details of Gene's holocaust history from walking our puppies each morning and visiting his presentation at a local Synagogue. Gene is a quiet man not given to hand wringing and tears. It took his daughter Jill to strip away the fog of what really happened in those final days of Nazi Germany. Jill's race against the clock to complete the family's tragic history while Gene's sisters, aunts and uncles were still living is epic. You will never read a more gut wrenching account of mans inhumanity to man. However those that "Got the Water" did avoid the gas chambers and mass executions but were not spared the horrors and slow death of the slave labor camps... it only gave them a slim chance to survive! Jill's account almost makes the case for "There are worse things than dying".
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By michael falk on August 13, 2013
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I just put down the last pages and have been so moved by the character and resilience of the author's family. It has been hard at some times to pick the book back up because of its tragic and confronting story. I came to the point of thinking that if the family have the fortitude to tell these events then it is incumbent on me to take it all in and finish. In this I was aided by how deftly the author has managed to interweave historical narrative, fact and memory, as well as the promise that despite the odds the family comes through the other side, though this is always framed in homage to those who did not. I would recommend this to anyone interested in that strange duality of human nature amplified in brave and honest recollections of the Holocaust.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By G Shawn Hunter on June 25, 2013
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I'm grateful to have met the author and found this beautiful and haunting memoir. It's at once terrifying yet impossible to put down. Transported across 70 years, the people and the story feel very real and immediate. Through extensive interviews with her family, and journal excerpts, Jill Klein shares this mesmerizing story. This is not only an astonishing memoir, but an important contribution to history.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nigel on August 3, 2013
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From page 1, anticipation of what would happen next kept me turning the page. This is an incredible story of courage, perseverance and, quite simply, luck. it's all about the little things that can make so much difference in our lives: a seemingly small insignificant decision here has remarkable repurcussions later. A quick word here, and someone's life is saved; a nod of the head there, and the consequences are horrific. These are everyday people subject to some of the most horrific circumstances imaginable and, somehow, they come through. You can sense their humanity on each page. It's really important to keep these ideas and stories alive, even as most of the Holocaust survivors are now passing on. Life is precious and this book highlights this beautifully.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By angela ofner on July 18, 2013
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I read this book as a follow up to hearing Gene (Gabi) Klein speak before a group of high school students. This isn't a completely depressing book -- there are also many moments of humor and love. You really get to know and admire Gene and family as they perservere through unspeakable horrors while always maintaining dignity. The book is well written and easy to read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Barbara T. Klein on June 27, 2013
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Incredibly well written,great detail I recommend it to everyone. This is not an ordinary holocaust book.The author has obviously done a great deal of research. I hope everyone reads this book'
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Thelma M. Green on July 6, 2013
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This is the first time I came across a personel story of the horrors of the Holocust. Never having gone throught anything so terrible,
I can only imagine what these people had to endure. This is a time in our history that we should never forget and be sure that it never happens again.
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More About the Author

In We Got the Water, Jill Klein writes the Holocaust history of her father and his two sisters. As she charts her personal quest to reconstruct the past, the book also documents the inexorable disappearance of living Holocaust survivors, whose first-person accounts illuminate this dark period and inscribe it in our collective memory.

Jill received her Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of Michigan in 1990. During the following seven years she was a member of faculty at Kellogg Graduate School of Management, Northwestern University, and spent periods as a Visiting Professor at The Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, and Helsinki School of Economics and Business Administration, Finland.

From 1997 through 2008 she was on the faculty at INSEAD, including four years on the INSEAD-Asia campus in Singapore. In 2009 she joined Melbourne Business School.

Jill's teaching specialties are Resilience, Decision-Making and Managerial Judgment. She has taught senior executives and MBA students around the world.

Her research interests are gift-giving and sharing in impoverished contexts, consumer boycotts, and corporate social responsibility. She has had articles published in the Harvard Business Review, Sloan Management Review, Journal of Marketing, Management Science, Journal of International Business Studies, and the British Medical Journal.

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