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Gerda Weissmann Klein

Holocaust Survivor, Human Rights Activist, & Author

  • Inspiration for the Oscar and Emmy award-winning documentary “One Survivor Remembers”
  • Author of the autobiography “All But My Life” that has been in print over 55 years
  • Tireless human rights activist who received the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Inspires audiences with her ability to see the best in people despite surviving one of the darkest tragedies in human history

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For decades, author, historian, and speaker Gerda Weissmann Klein has captivated audiences worldwide with her powerful message of hope, inspiration, love, and humanity. Exclusively represented by Leading Authorities speakers bureau, her speeches and books draw from her wealth of life experiences: From surviving the Holocaust, meeting her future husband on the day of her liberation, and her journey to the United States, to accepting an Oscar and Emmy for a documentary based on her life and her constant fight to promote tolerance and combat hunger. Klein focuses on the best side of people, even during terrible and trying times. She has captivated audiences of all ages and faiths with her powerful story and uplifting presentations that instill a sense of hope while taking audiences through one of the darkest eras of our world’s history. She rivets a room, and her stories are so enthralling that you could hear a pin drop amongst engrossed audiences.

Living History. Klein’s account of living through the Holocaust is documented in her autobiography, All But My Life, which has been in print for more than 55 years and attained “classic” status. Her testimony is so compelling that All But My Life has become required reading in some school districts throughout the US Klein was also featured on the cover of a McDougall-Littel educational textbook, The Americans, alongside such other notable figures as US President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Martin Luther King Jr., and US President Ronald Reagan. In 2006, she was the keynote speaker at the United Nation’s first official observance of the Holocaust.

Hope In Prose. In addition to Klein's memoir, All But My Life, she has written eight other books. Her most recent book, Wings of EPOH, is an uplifting story of a young boy struggling with an autism spectrum disorder and details the personal courage he finds from an unlikely relationship with an empathetic butterfly. The Blue Rose is a story about a mentally-disabled child and how being different can be beautiful, which subsequently became a film in India. Her work, Promise of a New Spring: The Holocaust and Renewal, is devoted to teaching young children about the Holocaust, while her other book, A Passion for Sharing, is a biography of New Orleans philanthropist Edith Rosenwald Stern, which garnered its author the Valley Forge Freedom Award. She also wrote the books, One Raspberry, A Boring Evening At Home, and Peregrinations: Adventures with the Green Parrot. She co-authored the book, The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in War’s Aftermath with her late husband. In 1996, Klein was one of five women to receive the prestigious international Lion of Judah award in Jerusalem.

Gerda Wessmann Klein’s constant striving for the preservation of human rights and dignity has earned her seven doctorates of humane letters, along with countless other awards including the Presidential Medal of Freedom. In 1998, along with her late husband, she founded the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation to promote tolerance, lessen prejudice, and encourage community service focused on local hunger relief. Klein has also created Citizenship Counts, an organization that encourages students to value their American citizenship. Her recent television appearances include 60 Minutes, Oprah, and CBS Sunday Morning. Her story provides hope and inspiration on a universal stage, and her message knows no bounds and has no limits.

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