The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War's Aftermath

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St. Martin's Publishing Group, Feb 19, 2000 - Literary Collections - 288 pages

The love letters of Gerda and Kurt Klein, revealing one of the greatest love stories ever told.

Over fifty years ago, Gerda Weissmann was barely alive at the end of a 350-mile death march that took her from a slave labor camp in Germany to the Czech border. On May 7, 1945, the American military stormed the area, and the first soldier to approach Gerda was Kurt Klein. She guided him to her fellow prisoners who lay sick and dying on the ground, and quoted Goethe: "Noble be man, merciful and good." Perhaps it was her irony, her composure, her evident compassion in the face of tragedy, that struck Kurt Klein. A great love had begun. Forced to separate just weeks after liberation and hours after their engagement, Gerda and Kurt began a correspondence that lasted until their reunion and wedding in Paris a year later. Their poignant letters reflect upon the horrors of war and genocide, but above all, upon the rapture and salvation of true love.


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This amazing testament to steadfast love is a sunlit spot against the horrific gray years of the Holocaust. In the waning days of World War II, German-born Klein came as an American liberator of 120 ... Read full review

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Gerda Weissmann Klein and Kurt Klein are advocates of Holocaust education and human rights. They lecture frequently and have written extensively about their experiences during the Holocaust. Gerda's memoir, All But My Life, was adapted into the Academy- and Emmy Award-winning short film One Survivor Remains. Gerda and Kurt have been married for over 50 years and reside in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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