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

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  131 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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 g ...more
Hardcover, 288 pages
Published February 19th 2000 by St. Martin's Press
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Gina
Aug 01, 2014 Gina rated it liked it
I am a huge fan of Gerda Weissmann Klein- as a Holocaust survivor and human rights activist, she has shared her story in both her book, All But My Life and the documentary, One Survivor Remembers. This particular book, The Hours After, is a series of letters she and her future husband wrote to each other after he saved her from the camps and had to return to America. It shows their struggle through political red tape to find a way to be together; with the piles of paperwork, lack of documentatio ...more
Joe
Nov 02, 2007 Joe rated it liked it
By the same author as All But My Life, this is a collection of letters between Gerda and Kurt during the months that they waited between their engagement and wedding. It was at times difficult to wade through so many letters, unlike reading a continuous narrative, but there are some really wonderful expressions of love and longing, poignant memories, and deeply meaningful insights based on their war experiences.
Deena
If you read All But My Life, you may want to read this one too, since it's the sequel. I'd recommend reading All But My Life Before reading this, because this one refers to incidents in the previous volume.

This is primarily letters Gerda and Kurt sent each other between his return to the U.S. at the end of the European part of WWII, and his arrival in Paris in June of the following year so they could marry. There are parts added in by each of them explaining some context and setting up the lett
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Madison schwartz
Nov 10, 2011 Madison schwartz rated it liked it
The hours I read

The Hours After is not like the other Holocaust books I have read. This one focuses more on the story of the survivors and not on what happened in the end. This story is of a liberator and the and one of the people he liberated. This book is composed of the letters that these two wrote to each other.Although you do find your self wondering threw the book what might have been lost in the translations since these letters we first written in German. Other than that this book is fai
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Juneus
Apr 27, 2013 Juneus rated it really liked it
One would think that the exchange of so many letters written so close together would bore one to death. This is not the case. Each letter had much the same as others and at the same time so much of value that made each worthwhile. I had one troubling thought that followed me throughout the book. I wondered if Shirley Temple Black had read this book. I know she must be aware of the wonderful effect her persona has had on the world; but to have the joy her picture brought to a 15 year old Jewish g ...more
Renee
Feb 11, 2014 Renee rated it liked it
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No one writes love letter like this anymore. The details of these two trying to come together again after the war take away from the read, but this was my favorite part of the book:

"I have found that for me the meaning of life was not gained at a summit, whatever the achievement might be. Summits tend to be windy, cold, and lonely. Nor have I found the answer to the meaning of life in the abyss of hunger, abuse and pain. The crest of my dreams during the years of slavery in the camps were though
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Michael Sciortino
Jul 14, 2010 Michael Sciortino rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest, I never actually finished it. From time to time I bring this book out and read a few of the letters sent between Mrs. Klein and her husband Kurt. Beautiful. I meet Mrs. Klein during my Freshman year of college and I have to say that no amount of documentaries, movies, books can bring you to the reality of the horrible events during World War II. Her face told the story. You could catch a glimpse of the horrors she experienced. Any quarrel in your heart is humbled by the beautiful l ...more
Shelly Orenstein
Feb 27, 2013 Shelly Orenstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book provides a wonderful view of Germany in the year following the war, at the same time chronicling an amazing personal journey. The difficulties in obtaining permission to emigrate following WWII were much greater than I knew. Gerda Klein has written a more extensive account of her life at home, in the ghetto, and finally in the camps following Germany's invasion of Poland that is also very much worth reading. Both books are ultimately hopeful about humanity and the healing power of love ...more
Caitlin
Apr 01, 2009 Caitlin rated it it was amazing
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A wonderful and bittersweet book about survival, healing and learning to live again. The letters written back from Gerda and Kurt where heartfelt and wonderful...I enjoyed everyone one and how Gerda matured from girl to woman I could see it in her letters. And on that note I think the art of writing letters has died but reading this book brought it back to life for me. If you want a good book of letters this is it!
Karen Jones
Jun 23, 2016 Karen Jones rated it liked it
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Nice follow-up to All But My Life. Very sweet.
Jessica
Jan 07, 2014 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.
Joan
Jul 29, 2012 Joan rated it really liked it
Very good follow up to "All But My Life."
Brittany
Sep 09, 2008 Brittany rated it it was amazing
I was luck to have a change to meet Ms Gerda Weissmann Klein. She is the sweet women. Everyone has to read her books.
Aundreau
Sep 10, 2008 Aundreau rated it it was amazing
it's good book.
Kari
Jan 01, 2014 Kari rated it it was ok
Amazing true letters by two heroes. They are so descriptive, intelligent, and romantic. I enjoyed them, but didn't feel the need to read more than the first ten or so.
Bonnie Tharp
Feb 23, 2009 Bonnie Tharp rated it really liked it
Gerda and Kurt's love story is also a poignant story about what happens to refugees after a war. What a struggle for those that survive and how lucky these two were to have found each other.
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