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

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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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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.
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...more
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...more
Madison schwartz
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...more
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
Michael Sciortino
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
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!
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
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.
I was luck to have a change to meet Ms Gerda Weissmann Klein. She is the sweet women. Everyone has to read her books.
That was beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story.
Very good follow up to "All But My Life."
it's good book.
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