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We Got the Water
We Got the Water: Tracing My Family's Path Through Auschwitz | Jill Gabrielle Klein
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We Got the Water is the story of the Klein family: Herman and Bertha, and their three children, Lilly, Oli and sixteen-year-old Gabi. In the spring and summer of 1944, along with more than 400,000 other Hungarian Jews, they were forced from their homes, rounded up, and sent to Auschwitz. The Kleins were aboard one of the very first trains of this mass deportation. Author Jill Gabrielle Klein follows her father, his sisters and their mother through Auschwitz and into slave labor camps in Poland and Germany, providing a narrative-both harrowing and inspirational-of resilience in the face of terror. As it charts the author's personal quest to reconstruct the past, the book also documents the inexorable disappearance of living Holocaust survivors, whose first-person accounts illuminate this dark period and inscribe it in our collective memory.
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A year ago today I was picking up Holocaust survivor Gene Klein from the airport to speak at our university. It was the most incredible experience getting to know him in the process of setting that up and it all started with this book. My students are about to turn in papers over it again and I can‘t wait to read their thoughts. (We are pictured with my jr high English teacher who taught a Holocaust unit that forever shaped my career.)

Maria514626 Love this! Your students are so lucky to have you and your passion! 1y
Christine ❤️ 1y
AmyG This makes me smile! ❤️ 1y
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DivineDiana Such a wonderful experience for your students! Great job! 1y
Hollie @Maria514626 thank you- I feel lucky to have (most of) them, too! 1y
ValerieAndBooks Such an important topic that needs to be remembered. That must have been a very special weekend! 1y
Hollie @ValerieAndBooks it was indeed- he is amazing and I‘m proud to call him my friend. 1y
ValerieAndBooks 💖💖💖 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Cinfhen Another year has passed! Wow....I need to get to this book ... 1y
Hollie @Cinfhen yes you do! It is a quick read but so powerful! 1y
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Yesterday, my students in Modern World Civ turned their papers in for We Got the #Water and I can‘t wait to read them. This is such an incredible book. During our discussion a few students had tears. The 4 page paper I assigned turned into 11-12 pages for many of them, because they were so moved by the book. I‘m so honored to get to share this special book with them. (Except for the one girl who plagiarized 😂) #noteworthynovember

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We filled our auditorium last night (1,114 seats) when Gene Klein, Holocaust survivor, spoke on campus. There were an additional 100 people that could not get seats, but stayed in the lobby to listen through the doors. Putting this together was so much work, but worth every minute. I so loved getting to spend the last few days with this incredible human. I totally cried when I dropped him off at the airport. This book was the start of it all!

Notafraidofwords This is so important! 2y
Cinfhen Congrats! What a wonderful gift for the survivor and the people in attendance 💗💗 (edited) 2y
saresmoore Wonderful! So glad it went well! 2y
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LeahBergen 💗💗💗 2y
Suet624 Oh, I just saw this post!! I'm so happy that so many folks showed up. 2y
Hollie @Suet624 @LeahBergen @Cinfhen @Notafraidofwords @saresmoore it was so great! I am overwhelmed at the response! 2y
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I may be off the Litsy grid for the next couple of days, as I'm headed to Wichita to pick up Gene Klein, the Holocaust survivor I'm brining to campus to speak. I am so excited and honored and full of all the feels. My students just finished the book written by his daughter about his family's experiences in Auschwitz and they were so moved. Now, they'll get to hear from Gene himself. Pick this book up, you won't regret it! 💜💜💜

saresmoore How cool! 2y
Hollie @saresmoore I can't wait until his flight lands!!! 2y
Suet624 That's fantastic. 2y
LeahBergen This is awesome! 2y
Hollie @Suet624 @LeahBergen thank you, I'm so excited! 2y
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My favorite #signed book is appropriate for #holocaustremembranceday as well. Not only is the book phenomenal, the survivor it is written about will be my guest speaker on campus in April. We are here in DC for a summit at the USHMM and I feel so honored to be there on Holocaust Remembrance Day. We must never forget.

Cinfhen Should be a memorable day/weekend 💗I hope the students appreciate the moment, too! 3y
Chrissyreadit How wonderful! When I was in HS in the 80's we had a week when holocaust survivors spoke with us. It has been a profound influence on my life and perspective. 3y
Hollie @Cinfhen my students are so excited, none of them have been to the museum before! 3y
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Hollie @Chrissyreadit that's amazing, I know when Gene speaks to FHSU it will have a profound influence as well, his story is incredible. 3y
Chrissyreadit It has hurt my heart to see our culture the way it is. I am glad you posted this book. I will add it to read as well as to the books my kids read to learn about WW|| . 3y
Hollie @Chrissyreadit let me know what you think when you've finished. My students in Modern world civ last semester really responded to it! 3y
Chrissyreadit I will! 3y
LeahBergen Wonderful. 3y
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I just got this in the mail, eeeek! I'm so excited! Mr. Klein will be speaking to our campus in April and I cannot wait!

LeahBergen Lovely! 3y
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Campus is peaceful and the weather is gorgeous so I've moved my office to the patio this afternoon to re-read a book I'm using in Modern World Civ. I may hold outside office hours permanently from now on!

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The author was lucky enough to have her father and his two sisters survive the holocaust and live into old age. She used their words, their diaries, their experiences to shape a fascinating work of history. Well-written, heart wrenching. What makes this different is that she explains her processes..when one sister's story differs from the other, she tells the reader how she reconciles this with records she researched. Superb. My class will ❤️ it.

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