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A Holocaust survivor recalls the moment of her liberation, and the unexpected way it changed her life forever. : Damnthatsinteresting

Life after the War

Gerda and Kurt Klein settled in Kenmore, New York and had three children and eight grandchildren. She became involved with several local and national charities and spoke about her experiences during the war.

The story of Gerda and Kurt’s meeting and life together has been featured on Oprah, 60 Minutes, and CBS Sunday Morning. A book of their letters, The Hours After, a collection of correspondence between Gerda and Kurt Klein following the war, was published in 2011.

The documentary, One Survivor Remembers, (1995) based on Gerda Klein’s autobiography, All But My Life, produced and directed by Kary Antholis, and distributed by HBO Films, won the 1995 Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject).

Weissmann Klein has published several memoirs and children’s stories, includingThe Windsor Caper (2013), a weekly serial in The Buffalo News during the 1980s, about two American girls who have a night-time adventure in Windsor Castle, England. Weissmann Klein describes it as her only work that is “not rooted in pain”.

Picture of Gerda Weissmann Klein in 2011

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