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All But My Life

Not being able to go into the garden was very upsetting to Gerda's family.  Her father would go into the garden in the summer when his heart bothered him.  It gave him a chance to walk outside and get fresh air without the fear of getting arrested.  Gerda's freind Escia's family supervised the cemetyery, so she visited her friend alot.  They tended the some of the graves, especially the soldiers and children.  They spent many hours in the cemetery that the dead had become their friends.  They kept receiving letters from Arthur, hes was working in a factory that made preserves.  There were many letters from her Aunt Anna also.  She had made it to the Governement, but had not made it to her birth town.  It was harder than she thought to get a travel permit from the Russian authorities.  In September a message came that Gerda's father's business partner had escaped Bielitz and was hiding in the Goverenment under an assumed name.  That was the last letters they received from Aunt Anna and also Mr. Pipersberg.

All But My Life

Many letters came that spring from Arthur.  He had found work in a chemical laboratory in Lwow, which was about 350 kilometers from Bielitz.  Arthur wrote that he would send them money and he did.  Gerda had began studying with her father was now able to read and write German.  The population of Bielitz before the was was about eight thousand and now it was hardly more than three hundred.  Girls and older people were the only ones left.  All of their money began to dwindle and that was a big problem.  Gerda's mom had a plan to knit and embroider work to sell.  Yarn was scarces, so we unraveled old sweaters and shawls.  Since Gerda had helped her brother with his chemistry, she knew how to dye wool and cotton.  They made many beautiful thing and started selling them for food.  That May eighth Gerda turned sixteen, a letter came that day from Arthur and there was a picture of him in a new suit.  Gerda took the picture and went out to their garden and cried.  A few days after that there was a sign put up in their garden that read ONLY GERMANS ALLOWED.

All But My Life

Just after New Years a letter came to Gerda's house from Arthurs girlfriend Gisa.  She told them that her family was living in Krakow and that they had lost everything.  Gerda replied to her to let her know that Arthur was no longer at home, a few days later another letter came from Gisa.  Her letter had said that she had heard about Arthur from another person that he was in Russia and safe.  A few days after receiving that letter, Peter one of Arthurs friends showed up to tell them news.  He had told Gerda that all of the information that Gisa and himself had given the family was made up to make the family feel better.  Gerda did not tell her parents.  In March they got a cablegram from Gerda's aunt Leo in Turkey saying that he has gotten letters from Arthur and he is doing well.  Shortly after receiving the cablegram, the neighbor lady brought us a letter that was addresses to her.  We opened it and it was from Arthur himself.  He and David were doing ok and that they had found Davids dad, he had survived the bomb. 

Jul. 15th, 2009


In October a letter came to Gerda's house saying that all Jewish men between the ages of sixteen and fifty were forced to register. Friends had told them that they were going to rebuild parts of Poland that had been destroyed by the Germans. They were also told that they would be herded in to cattle cars like animals to get there. Gerda's brother was sent to Poland in one of these cattle cars. In December, Gerda's family was forced to live in the basement of their home, while the woman who had been their housekeeper moved in to the main part of the house. After Christmas, the Germans restricted the food supply to jews by stamping their ration cards with the word “JEW”. Making it so that jewish people would get less than half the amount of food that non-Jews got. Their coal rations were also cut, and they were forced to wear blue and white armbands with the word JEW sewn on it. Soon after that they were told to war a yellow star with a black inscription, so it could be seen easier in the snow.

All but my life

It only took the germans eighteen days to take over Poland.  Many people left their homes, but Gerda's family chose to stay in their house.  It had been in their family for over 100 years.  Every time someone would knock on the door her father and brother would hide because if the germans knocked and a man answered they were usually taken away never to be heard of again.  Gerda's aunt and cousin showed up one day on the porch and told them of her story.  Her husband and two children were on a train trying to get out of Poland when the train had a bomb dropped on it killing Gerda's uncle.  All of the boys were taken by the germans and lined up, every tenth one was shot all of the rest were chased into the forest.  Her cousin climbed up a tree and waited for them to all go away.  He then climbed down and traveled by foot to Gerda's house.  It took him many days and he only traveled at night. 

All but my life

This is a sad book to read, but it also gives us an insight to just how Jewish people were treaded during the war.


I started this new book, it is about a jewish girl named Gerda living in Bielitz Poland during WWII.  Just after the war started her uncle who lived in Turkey sent her family a letter saying that they need to get out of there and that their visas were waiting at the Warsaw embassy.  Gerda's father was sick and so the family did not tell him about the visas.  When her dad found out about the war, and the visas he told her and her brother that they should go to his brothers house in Turkey, but they wanted to stay together. 
When her family got up in the morning, they realized that the maid had left in the middle of the night with her family.  Breakfast was very quiet, the family thought that maybe the was was already over.  But then they heard motorcycles roar up to the neighbors house and they were chanting "Heil Hitler!" and waving a swastika flag.  The neighbors had taken white roses out of Gerda's family's garden and was giving them to the soilders.  Gerda began screaming and her brother covered her mouth, and told her to be very quiet.  They did not want the soldiers knowing that a Jewish family was living there.  Gerda's friend Escia and her mother came over later that night and let them know that the soldiers were rounding up jews and putting them in the Temple and setting it on fire. 

Against Medical Advice

Ok, so I finished reading this book, good but too fast.  It just seemed to go on chapter after chapter about the meds that Cory was on.  He ended up having a party in his basement and set the couch on fire with a cigarette.  His parents made him go to wilderness camp, where he had to work as a team with the other kids.  This seemed to be a truning point in his life.  After coming back from camp Cory and his mom went back to his High school to see if he could finish his junior year.  With some gentle prodding by his mom he got back in.  One day at the end of his junior year he realized that he had sat through all of his classes with out ticking.  He did not tell anyone about this but just watched himself for the next few days.  His ticks had almost completely stopped.  He now lives a pretty normal life with few ticks.

Writer's Block: Comfort Food

When times are tough or you're feeling down, what's the one food you can count on to make you feel better?
chocolate

Against Medical Advice

Cory is starting to have some pretty wild urges that he feels he needs to do.  While his mom is driving he opens his door.  When his mom is trying to turn left he feels the need to touch the steering wheel and turn it to the right causing an accident.  Both Cory and his mom are all right, but the car is wrecked.  Cory is sitting in Mrs. Erlangers class, this is a teacher that lets Cory be the class messanger when his ticks are getting out of control.  He has tried to be good, but that does not happen when the teacher wants all the kids to write down a poem that she is reading.  Cory tries to be a perfectionist when witing and has to have all of his letters just perfect and on the lines.  He messes up and has to erase so much that he has put holes in his paper.  This upsets Cory and he breaks all of his pencils in two and then starts to drum out a song on his desk.  This starts to get on even the teachers nerves and so he stops.  A kid named Jerome starts making a chirpping sound that the teacher can not hear.  This sound reminds Cory of a throat tick that he had done before.  He starts doing the tick and a few of the boys immitate him.  Finally the teacher has has had enough and yells at Cory to stop and sends him to a time out in the hallway.

Against Medical Advice

Cory got in a lot of trouble in elementary school, at that time the doctors did not know what was wrong with him.  They had thought he had ADHD.  His ticks are getting worse all the time.  Some of them he does so hard that he hurts himself.  He has ripped muscles in his back by twisting his body so hard.  He has broken teeth because his ticks made him bite down on his bottom teeth so hard.  Cory even has problems writing, the teacher asked him to write the word of the day on the board, but his mind told him to write shit in great big lettes.  The whole class starts to laugh at him.  He realizes that he can make the class laugh with him instead of at him, so he makes some silly faces on purpose.