I find Gerda Weissman Klein to be a very inspirational person. As a fifteen year old, she was separated from her family during the Holocaust, and later found that they were all killed.
I had already bought her autobiography “All But My Life,” which I highly recommend, when I found out that we would be reading it for school. Before we started reading the book, Gerda visited our school. Prior to her arrival, we watched her HBO documentary, “One Survivor Remembers,” for which she won an Academy Award and an Emmy. (To see her Oscar acceptance speech, go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5zn-fPM4KS0 ) Once she had arrived at my school, I listened as a few students interviewed her. It is incredible that with all that she has gone through, she continues to actively work, telling her story so that we don’t forget. Instead of just living a quiet, relaxed life after her liberation, she passionately pursues her mission to educate the public about the Holocaust so that we remember what happened and its lesson isn’t lost. She inspires me to learn more about history, and to follow my goals. Gerda also makes me realize how lucky I am and how much I take for granted. As she often says, one of the most precious things in life is a boring evening at home with your family.