Saturday, February 24, 2007

Introductions

Posted by: Margaret Lincoln // Category: Project background // 4:56 pm

Welcome to this online discussion of All But My Life by Holocaust survivor Gerda Weissmann Klein.

  1. Please introduce yourself. Tell us about any previous class in which you have studied the Holocaust or comment briefly on a Holocaust-related book that you have read. 
  2. Are there school-related or community service projects in which you would like to be involved? Please share this information.

A sincere thank you to all blog participants for introducing yourselves and for joining in this project with enthusiasm and interest! Pease see comment # 48 from Darryle Clott and comment # 57 from Bill Younglove in response to your questions about suggestions for other Holocaust books to read. Recommended fiction, biographical, and historical titles (with reviews) can also be found on the Museum Fellowship Teaching Resources Website.

64 Comments


  1. PennfieldHS

    Mrs. Hammond, German 2, 2/26: Hello! We at PHS are very excited to participate in this blog. We will primarily be blogging on Fridays in our German 2 class.

    After reading Chapters in “All But My Life”, we would like to participate in a community service project focused on food in March: most likely a food pantry or soup kitchen visit.


  2. PennfieldHS

    Mrs. Hammond, German 2, 2/26: Update: We will be volunteering for the Soup Kitchen in BC in March. Students will be replying to question 1 on 3/2.


  3. HarperCreekHS

    Mrs. Sutton, Library Media Center, 2/26: Harper Creek is very excited about sharing thoughts about Gerda Weissman Klein’s book and about the Holocaust with our colleagues and peers across the state.


  4. HarperCreekHS

    Nikki, Advanced Lit. 1st block: I’m a senior in high school. My past history courses have talked about the holocaust a lot. I’ve seen many movies on it like Escape from Sobibor and Schindler’s List. My classes have also shown many documentaries about the prisoners. I’ve been to a couple of holocaust museums (manly the traveling ones) and now have recently read All But My Life in my current class, Advanced Lit. This class is studying ‘Man’s inhumanity to Man.’ We’ve just finished watching Hotel Rwanda and are currently reading Lord of the Flies. I’m not sure what projects there are in my school or community but I’m open to suggestions.


  5. HarperCreekHS

    Danielle, Advanced Lit, 2/28: All But My Life, Night, and The Diary of Anne Frank are a few books I have read about the Holocaust. I have taken classes like American Studies I, American Studies II, English III, and Advanced Literature where I have studied and learned information about the Holocaust. These studies tie into the theme of our Advanced Literature class; man’s inhumanity to man. I think this web page will help to engage us in further exploration of our theme.


  6. HarperCreekHS

    Mary Jane, Advanced Lit. 1st block: My name is Mary Jane and I am a senior student at Harper Creek. From what I can remember, I have not read any books about the Holocaust until the most recent “All But My Life.” I have learned of the Holocaust and heard about it a lot though throughout my life, just not specifically in certain classes.
    Right now, I am tutoring a girl who is in Special Education classes because she is needing help with her work. I am taking time out of my day to ensure that she does well in her classes and that she comprehends what she is doing. I hope to make a difference in her life but teaching her some important information that will help her for her entire life.


  7. HarperCreekHS

    L.B., Advanced Lit. 1st Block: My name is L.B. I am currently a Junior at Harper Creek High School, and have passed 2 history classes, in which the classes studied the Holocaust. I have just finished the book All But My Life, and hope to learn more about the life of Gerda Weissman Klein, and the Holocaust.


  8. HarperCreekHS

    Jake N. Advanced Lit. 1st block: I have learned about the Holocaust in most english classes and most history classes. I have read All But My Life.


  9. HarperCreekHS

    Kristen, Advance Lit., 1st block:
    I am a student at Harper Creek, this is my junior year and I was very excited to have read “All but my Life”. It’s a real insight to what happened during the Holocaust from someone who lived through it. In the past I have read “Night” and the story of Anne Frank. I have also read facts of the Holocaust from history classes and have down projects. “All but my Life” has given me another’s account of what they went through.


  10. HarperCreekHS

    Sara, Adv. Lit. 1st Block, 2/28: I have leared about he Holocaust in American Studies II when we learned about WWII and how the Germans made concentration camps and the other ways the Jewish people were treated. In he past I have read The Diary of Anne Frank, Number the Stars, and now All but my Life. We are working on organizing an community service project for our class to participate in.


  11. HarperCreekHS

    Abbey, Advanced Literature, 1st block:
    I am currently a junior here at Harper Creek High School and have completed two American history classes, and am enrolled in a world history course. The Holocaust has been a big part of my studies at Harper and my knowledge of man’s inhumanity during this time period has greatly improved over the years. I have recently read All But My Life in advanced literature as part of our theme “Man’s Inhumanity to Man.” I have also read The Diary of Anne Frank. As a class we have watched several documentaries and short films telling the stories of the survivors and the victims. I am open to suggestions for further readings.


  12. HarperCreekHS

    Jake, Avanced Lit. 1st block: My past History and English classes have dealt with the Holocaust. I have read All But My Life. I am not currently in any school or community projects.


  13. HarperCreekHS

    Paul, Adv Lit 1st block

    The first time I was talked to about the Holocaust was in 6th grade. I learned a lot about the camps and how the Jews were treate d. In seventh grade I ironically had the same teacher who went even more in depth with the holocaust. From that point on we have discussed the holocaust in class year to year.


  14. HarperCreekHS

    Heidi, Advaned Lit 1st block 2/28
    Diary of Anne Frank and All But My Life are two books I’ve read about the Halocaust. Both books are very enlightening. I look forward to the future blogging, I’m sure it will be very interesting and helpful for us in better explanation of our theme.


  15. HarperCreekHS

    Jessica, Advanced Literature, 1st Block, 2/28: Recently in our class we read the Gerda Weissmann Klein book All But My Life, and watched several documentaries, including her own. In the past I have learned about the Holocaust and its happenings in other classes. I am really intertested in this topic because it was an actual event that happened in our history. I look forward to learning more in the future!


  16. HarperCreekHS

    Kayla, Advanced Lit, 2/28: I am currently a senior at Harper Creek High School. During my four years, my English and history classes have discussed the Holocaust. Advanced Literature, however, has taught me the most. We are studying the theme of ‘man’s inhumanity to man.’ I read The Diary of Anne Frank during my freshman year and we just finished reading All But My Life. We also have watched many documentaries of the survivors of the Holocaust and I am open to suggestions for other books.


  17. HarperCreekHS

    Vanessa, Adv. Lit. 1st Block
    I’ve read very few Holocaust books, but I have watched many videos. The few books that I have read include “All but my Life” and “Number the Stars.” I would be open to suggestions on other Holocaust books to read.
    As far as work projects, I do somethings in my own time. However, this class is trying to organize a project.


  18. HarperCreekHS

    Justin, Advanced Literature; While taking American Studies I, American Studies II, English III, and Advanced Literature I have studied, read books, watched movies, and learned information about the Holocaust. The information I have gained all ties into the theme of our Advanced Literature class; man’s inhumanity to man. Hopefully through this website I can gain further information which will provide a better understanding of those events.


  19. HarperCreekHS

    Ashlyn, Advanced Literature, 1st Block 2/28
    The two books that I have read about the Holocaust are All But My Life also I have read The Diary of Anne Frank. In advanced literature we watched about four documentations on the Holocaust. I look forward to learning more inforamtion about the Holocaust and seeing other peoples views on it through this blog.


  20. HarperCreekHS

    Calvin, Adv Lit, 1st Block

    The first time I was talked to about the Holocaust was in 6th grade. I learned a lot about inhumanity towards man while reading “All But My Life,” as well as while watching several documentaries about Holocause survivors.


  21. KCC

    My name is Phyllis. I live in the HC school district. I have read “All But My Life”, Anne Frank’s book and several books about the concentration camps.


  22. KCC

    I’m Therese, I’m originally from Germany and experienced the war there. My Mother was taken in by the Nazis because they thought of her polish-jewish maiden name and her prominent nose as a suspect. After fotographing her from all sides and interrigating her she was determined not to be Jewish, also because she was married to a gentile German. My Mother’s best Friend Theresa (who’m I’m named after) was Jewish and the family was the next door neighbor. The family made it out in time to America and lived there the rest of their lives. At the age of 81 Theresa and my Mother met in the US, having kept in touch for all those years, shortly after that my Mother died. I will discuss my own war experiences in further comments down the road, as a war is bad for “everybody”.


  23. KCC

    I’m Jo, a retired secretary taking classes through KCC’s Lifelong Learning. When the U.S. got into WWII, I was 7 years old. Have seen numerous documentaries about the Holocaust and have just completed reading All But My Life. Also read Diary of Ann Frank, saw Shindler’s List, etc. I was in Israel about 8 years ago, went through Yad Vashem while in Jerusalem.


  24. LakeviewHS

    Jessica- 2nd block World at War
    I’ve studied the holocaust in history, English, and my world at war class. I’ve also read many books about the holocaust and most recently I read “All But My Life” by Gerda Weissmann Klein. I’m very interested in working with habitat for humanity.


  25. LakeviewHS

    Lani – World at War
    I have studied and learned about the holocaust in my history classes and am now learning more about it in my World at War class. I have also watched many movies on the holocaust. I love Shilndler’s List, it opens your eyes to how terrible it was. I am very interested in the holocaust and I am enjoying reading the book “All But My Life” by Gerda Weissmann. I would like to get involved in habitat for humanity and possibly working in a soup kitchen.


  26. LakeviewHS

    Ashley and Ping: 2nd Block World at War
    We’ve studied the holocaust in U.S. History, English classes, and in our World at War class. Recently, we are reading “All But My Life” by Gerda Klein. We’re working with our class on a community project for our class to particpate in.


  27. LakeviewHS

    Jonathan, 2nd Block World at war. I have studied the holocaust in many previous classes. I am reading Gerda’s book and I am very interested in working with habitat for humanity.


  28. LakeviewHS

    I am Shanon and I am a senior at Lakeview High School. This is the first class that I have been in that has focused on the holocaust. “All But My Life” is the first book I have read about the holocaust and I am enjoying it. I am very interested in working with many different community service projects. I would like to work with habitat for hunanity and feeding the hungery.


  29. LakeviewHS

    Meghan: I have studied the Holocaust in History and World at War. I have read the Diary of Ann Frank and am working on All But My Life right now.
    I would love to work on ANY service project, for exapmle the soup kitchen or with Habitat for Humanity.


  30. LakeviewHS

    I am Joel, a sophmore from Lakeview’s 2nd blcok world at war class. I have studied the holocaust in, English 3, and my world at war class. I’ve also read a few books about the holocaust and most recently I read “Night” by Elie Wiesel. I recently watched “Schindler’s List”. I’m very interested in working with somthing for humanity.


  31. LakeviewHS

    matt, 2nd block World at War
    I’ve studied the Holocaust in U.S. History, some of my English classes, and we’re getting ready to study it in World at War during our WWII unit. I’m not involved in any of the community projects right now.


  32. LakeviewHS

    Kevin – 2nd Block World at War
    I have learned about the holocaust in my US History class, but besides that nowhere else. In the world at war class I am in we will soon study it though. I am reading “All But My Life” and haven’t read any oher books on the holocaust. I am already pretty innvolved in the community. I am a memeber of the Youth Alliance Committee and have worked with Habitat for Humanity in the past, where I was on a committee that planned a large service project on Natonal Youth Service Day. I hope to do more with habitat this year.


  33. LakeviewHS

    Bree, Worl at War 2nd block
    I’ve studied a bit about the holocaust in history classes in the past. I’ve read The Diary of Anne Frank as well. I thought that All But My Life was a very interesting book and I look forward to discussing it in this blog.


  34. LakeviewHS

    My name is Zach in the 2nd block World at War class at Lakeview High School. I’ve learned about the Holocaust in many of the classes I’ve been in, such as English, US History, World History, and more. I’ve read a few books about the Holocaust such as Night, The Diary of Anne Frank, The Devils Arithmetic, and more. These books depict the disturbing nature and events the occurred in the Holocaust and provide up-close, personal, and first-hand accounts of what took place. Here soon, I will be calling the Michigan Humane Society to volunteer to work there.


  35. LakeviewHS

    My name is David and I am also in the world at war class. I have participated in some public service activities duing some church mision trip, and I think it’d be great to things like that as a class for Gerda.


  36. LakeviewHS

    Annie, World at War, 2nd block
    Gerda Weissmann’s book is only one of two books that I have read about the Holocaust. I have also read the Book Number the Stars. Both books were great books. Even though i have only read a few books about the Holocaust, I have learned about the Holocaust in global studies classes. We are also about to start our unit on WWII in our World at War class.
    As far as service projects go, I have volunteered through my school’s NHS with programs such as Habitat for Humanity and I would like to be involved in more programs like that because i think that they are great programs.


  37. LakeviewHS

    Andy-World at War 2nd block
    I’ve studied the Holocaust in English 3, History, and currently World at War. Last year in English 3 we read the book “Night” and this year in World at War we are reading “All But My Life” by Gerda Klein. We’re working with our class on a community project for our class to particpate in.


  38. LakeviewHS

    Josh- 2nd Block: World At War
    I have studied the holocaust in many of my previous classes. I also watched the movie Shilndler’s List. Here at Lakeview we have talked about many service projects such as Habitat for Humanity, Soup Kitchen and several others. I look forward to learning more about the holocaust and Gerda’s Life story.


  39. LakeviewHS

    Katie, 11th grade, World at War, 2nd Block, Lakeview

    I’ve studied about the Holocaust in previous history classes. I have also read The Diary of Anne Frank, and am currently reading All But My Life by Gerda Weissmann Klein.

    I am currently part of the planning committe for Habitat for Humanity’s National Youth Service Day. Not only am I helping to plan the day, but I am also planning on taking part in the day. On National youth Service Day, there will be teens from around the community working on about 10 different work sites doing things like building sheds, painting houses, siding houses, lawn and other landscaping work, cleaning out houses, and prepairing houses for Habitat to come in and finish building the houses. The day is a great oppertunity to work with other teens from around the community to help the underprivileged in the Battle Creek area.


  40. LakeviewHS

    ethan- 2nd block world at war

    I’ve learned about the Holocaust in U.S History, English classes, and in our World at War class. We started reading “All but my life”. In class we are trying to come up with a service project to do in our community.


  41. LakeviewHS

    I’m Beth and a junior at Lakeview High School. I first started learning about the Holocaust at St. Joseph Elementary. Since then I have read two books on the holocaust. I have completed three history classes and am currently in my fourth; World at War. Throughout my education experience I have watched many documentaries and films of the Holocaust survivors and victims. I am currently reading “All but my Life” and im open to suggestions for futher readings. I also would like to participate in any community service work.


  42. LakeviewHS

    Hi, I’m Heather. I’m reading “All But My Life” in my World at War class. I’m really enjoying the book. Before reading this book, I had previously read other books about the Holocaust. I have read “Number The Stars”, “The Diary Of Anne Frank”, “Children’s Lives Under The Nazis”, and Night”. “Night is a book most students in English three are required to read. I’m interested in helping out with Habitat For Humanity. It sounds like a fun way to help people who are in desperate need of homes.


  43. LakeviewHS

    Aaron 2nd Block: World at War class
    I have studied the Holocaust in previous classes. I have read a couple of books on the Holocaust, and watched a couple of movies about it also. I wouldnt mind being involved in any community service project. I am interested in learning even more about the Holocaust, and learning about Gerda’s story.


  44. LakeviewHS

    Sean: 2nd block world at war
    I have studied world war 2 and the holocaust in a lot of my classes including world at war class, We are reading “All But My Life” by Gerda Klien. We are going to be doing a service project to help out the community.


  45. LakeviewHS

    *Krissy – World @ War: 2nd block
    It’s uplifting and truely great that so many high school students are involved with making a difference. For so many communities and schools to come together, to create a wonderful resource and service projects, is such a meaningful thing. In school, we’re forced to learn about different wars throughout the world and study the effects/outcomes. It takes a caring heart for someone to be impacted enough to reach out, and try to make a difference for those who experienced such a horrorific tragedy. Kudos to those who aren’t just satisfied with the history lesson; you are reaching above and beyond to promote support, understanding, and compassion to honor the souls in the Holocaust and World War I. Keep up the g r e a t work everyone!!!


  46. LakeviewHS

    My name is Flavio. I have learned about the holocaust in US History. I want to help bring education to people so that the world can be a better place. I’ve just started to read “All but my life.”


  47. LakeviewHS

    I’m Steve and i was happy to find out there is such great blog that would bring together young people so we could work with a joint effort to accomplish the idead of making a better society. i have studied the Holocaust in my U.S. History class and read a book about it in my English class called Night about a Holocaust surviver. as for school related projects i would like to help people that are less educated as well as people that are homeless because i think that these are two major problems that could actually be overcome much easier than some other problems.


  48. DClott

    Darryle Clott, Viterbo University, La Crosse, WI.
    As a Holocaust educator, I have very much enjoyed reading about what you students are studying about the Holocaust in both Language Arts and social studies classes. The thing I am most impressed with are all the community service projects you are currently involved in or have intentions of contributing to in the future.
    All of you have read All But My LIfe which is my very favorite Holocaust memoir. A great book to read as a follow-up is Gerda’s most recent book, A Boring Evening at Home, published in 2004. It is a series of short vignettes where she connects things that have happened to her since moving to the U.S. with things that happened to her during the Holocaust. Try getting your school libraries to purchase a copy.
    For those of you who have not read Night by Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Weisel, it is a must-read. It is so powerful you will not be able to stop reading. When Elie spoke to our community in September, he told us that his other 46 books are jealous of Night.


  49. PennfieldHS

    My name is Branden, and I learned somewhat about the Holocaust in 11th grade U.S. History. I have just started to read “All But My Life” in my German 2 class, with the rest of my 6 person class. We are currently trying to authorize our community project with the school at the Soup Kitchen. Yeah.


  50. PennfieldHS

    Rachel Burton, German II, 2nd block:

    I am a student of German II class and we are reading the book All but My Life. I am very excited to be reading this book and can’t wait to start on our community service project at the soup kitchen. My class size is only six people and we are very close and I am sure this experiment will bring us closer!! Have a nice day!


  51. PennfieldHS

    Charles, German II, 2nd Block:

    As a student studying the German language, history, and culture I find this book to be pretty darn hard to stop reading and I have only started reading! ;-)


  52. PennfieldHS

    o3.02.o7 Hi..I’m Jaime!And, I am from Pennfield HS. We are currently reading G.W.Klein’s book, All But My Life in my German 2 class. I actually already know much about the concentration camps, as I have visited there when I traveled to Europe. The book is very interesting to read, and I am looking forward to eventually read the whole story. My class is planning to help out our community at the Salvation Army kitchen soon. (..just waiting for verification:) That will also be fun, and helpful at the same time. Enjoy reading and blogging everyone!


  53. PennfieldHS

    Hello, my name is Wilhelm Schmidt. I am from PHS and I am in German II. I am very excited to hear a new perspective on the Holocaust. I have studied the Holocaust in US History and World History.

    My class is planning to participate in a community project within the next few months. We will be volunteering at a soup kitchen in Battle Creek. That’s all for now.

    Peace.


  54. PennfieldHS

    Charles, German II, 2nd Block:
    Oh yeah, my class is also planning to do some community service, possible working at a soup kitchen! I forgot to mention it earlier with all the excitement after reading the first few chapters of the book. Have a nice day.


  55. PennfieldHS

    Kiley, German II, 2nd Block:

    I’m a junior in my German II class, and we have started reading G.W. Klein’s Book. All But My Life has been, so far, a great reading experience, and I hope to finish the book soon. I have been learning about the Holocaust in both my World History Class, and my English Class. …yup…


  56. HarperCreekHS

    Heather, Advanced Lit. 1st block: At Harper Creek the Holocaust is talked about in many of our classes. In English I we read “Diary of Anne Frank” and had brief class discussions about it. In American Studies II we watched several movies on the Holocaust such as “Warsaw Ghetto” and many other documentaries. Now in Advanced Lit. we have read Gerda’s book “All But My Life” and are awaiting to listen to her speak. In this unit’s theme, Man’s inhumanity to Man, we have also started reading “Lord of the Flies.” We have watched Hotel Rwanda and The Last Day’s of our Life as well to study the theme. As a class we are deciding on what community project we would like to try to pursue.


  57. BYounglove

    from Bill Younglove, Instructor/Teacher Supervisor at California State University Long Beach. To Vanessa, Abbey, and any others who want to “go beyond” ALL BUT MY LIFE…. I agree with Darryle Clott that Gerda’s A BORING EVENING AT HOME, besides being a funny title, is a good read, as is Elie Wiesel’s NIGHT. In a reading survey I conducted for the USHMM a few years back, these titles were also very popular: DRY TEARS by Nechama Tec, THE CAGE by Ruth Minsky Sender, I HAVE LIVED A THOUSAND YEARS by Livia Bitton-Jackson, and, if you consider yourself a very mature reader: SURVIVAL IN AUSCHWITZ by Primo Levi. Like Darryle, I think that the willingness of many of you to do community service,, actually helping people right in your area, even if your school or district “requires” it, is the fastest way to break down walls between people. You are to be commended!


  58. HarperCreekHS

    Kathi, Advanced Lit. 1st block
    I have taken several classes in my school in Germany, in which we talked a lot about the Holocaust.
    In 9th grade we went on a class trip to Poland. During that trip we also went to Auschwitz, an experience I never want to miss.
    We went to Poland because of a project we started in sixth grade in my social studies class.
    The project was about people who were forced to work for the Nazis in my hometown, Bonn. These people visited us several times at our school because they heard about our project and wanted to meet us. After the second visit they invited us to come to their town, Zdunska Wola, to show us how they live now.
    This journey was really moving and I’m still in contact with some students in Poland who will go on with this project in their home town.


  59. HarperCreekHS

    Jenna, Advanced Lit 1st block
    I have had some previous experience learning about the Holocaust. It was briefly taught in my recent history and English classes. In American Studies II, I watched a couple documentaries about the holocaust and did a research project about it. In my English I class, we read about the holocaust and briefly talked about it. In Advanced Literature we just finished reading All But my Life and are working on a unit based on man’s inhumanity to man. We just finished the movie Hotel Rwanda and we are currently reading Lord of The Flies to get a better perspective about man’s inhumanity to man.


  60. HarperCreekHS

    Adam, Advanced Lit. 1st block: I have had many history and literature classes in which we have studied the Holocaust. I have read the Diary of Anne Frank, as well as All But My Life, and Mans Search for Meaning. I feel I haven’t learned nearly enough about the Jewish culture pre-Holocaust.


  61. BYounglove

    from Bill Younglove, California State University Long Beach: Now that I have had a chance to read the 60 introductory posts, I want, again, to commend those of you who are involved in so many different community service projects. You perhaps have no idea how much your touching those human lives means to those you interact with. I can see that many of you are reading widely in Holocaust studies; that is good…
    Adam had an interesting comment at the end of his post, “I haven’t learned nearly enough about the Jewish culture pre-Holocaust.” Not being Jewish myself, I felt the same way. Just to read and understand Elie Wiesel’s life in Sighet, Hungary in NIGHT more fully, I had to learn much about the Jewish faith. Many of the Holocaust memoirs commence when the survivors lived as children in vibrant learning communities, large and small, across parts of Europe. Anne Frank, whom many of you cite, came from Frankfurt, Germany to Amsterdam, cities which both had longtime Jewish communities. I am sure that people in your own school, libraries, electronic sites, and Jewish Community Centers nearby will have answers to most of your questions.


  62. HarperCreekHS

    Neil, 1st Block, Advanced Lit.

    Hi, my name is Neil, and i haven’t had much teachings on the holocaust, but I have read the book called “Ann Frank.” That was about all that I have studied on this subject. Thank you all for this wonderful experience.


  63. KCC

    I’m glad to be here blogging at Lakeview HS. I’m a member of the Lifelong Learning program at Kellogg Community College. This is an interesting subject. I was able to see Gerda Klein’s powerful film yesterday with the Lakeview students.
    - Elaine


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