Author Biography Gerda Weissmann Klein

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Gerda Weissmann Klein was born in 1924 in Bielsko, Poland. She was only fourteen years old when the Nazis invaded. Her parents and brother, died during the Holocaust but Gerda was destined to survive. She spent six years enduring a ghetto, a series of labour camps and a 350-mile death march from the Polish-German border to southern Czechoslovakia. In 1945, on the eve of her 21st birthday she was liberated by American Lieutenant, Kurt Klein. The couple fell in love and eventually married; Kurt died in 2002. From 1998 — 2002 they ran the Gerda and Kurt Klein Foundation, to promote education, teach tolerance and reduce prejudice. In 2008 Gerda founded Citizenship Counts, which aims to educate middle and high school students about the rights and responsibilities of citizenship and the importance of “giving back” through community service.

Between 1978 and 1996 Gerda was a featured columnist for the Buffalo News and in 1985 wrote The Windsor Caper as a children’s serial in 60 parts. When her English cousin, Martin Good, read the story (the only remaining version) he loved it and decided it should be published as a tribute to Gerda’s achievement and a source of delight for, in her own words, ‘children of all ages’. This delightful and magical story brings alive the fascinating pageantry of English history.

Gerda is one of five women to receive the prestigious international Lion of Judah award in Jerusalem and was awarded the President’s Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama in 2011.

Gerda Weissmann Klein’s Books

  • All But My Life, Hill & Wang, 1957, expanded edition 1995
  • The Blue Rose, L. Hill, 1974
  • Promise of a New Spring: The Holocaust and Renewal, Rossel Books, 1981
  • A Passion for Sharing: The Life of Edith Rosenwald Stern, Rossel Books, 1984.
  • Peregrinations: Adventures with the Green Parrot, Josephine Goodyear Committee, 1986
  • The Hours After: Letters of Love and Longing in the War’s Aftermath. Written with Kurt Klein. St Martin’s Press, 2000.
  • A Boring Evening at Home, Leading Authorities Press, 2004
  • Wings of EPOH, Fable Vision Press, 2007
  • One Raspberry, Gerda Weissmann Klein, 2009
  • The Windsor Caper, Martin Good, 2013


 The Windsor Caper

A delightful children’s adventure story by 89 year old Gerda Weissmann Klein, Holocaust survivor, social activist and US Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree. Her only novel, it represents a fascinating chapter in her extraordinary life.

“This is the only book I’ve written that is not rooted in pain. It’s about my love of English history and The Royal Family and its purpose is to give pleasure to children of all ages, everywhere”. (GWK 2013)

Infused with drama and mystery the story follows Julie on an amazing journey. A once in lifetime trip from Nevada to London soon develops into a wild and scary adventure. She and cousin Alysa find themselves locked for the night in Windsor Castle. There they meet historic characters and fantastic creatures — are they dreaming or not? Things build up to a terrifying climax. Suddenly they find themselves caught up in a daring art theft. Will they solve the mystery and thwart the robbers before it’s too late?

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