Gisela W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2079) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- April 26, 1992.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Gisela W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2079). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Gisela W., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1925. She recalls her family's wealthy, assimilated life; antisemitic vandalism; attending a private girls' school; expulsion as a Jew; attending the American school; living with an uncle in the Hague (her brother had been sent to England); visiting family in Stuttgart; living with an aunt in Switzerland; staying in a hotel in Lugano; moving with her parents to Amsterdam in April 1939; attending Dutch school; German invasion; obtaining permission to leave through her uncle, who headed the Warburg Bank in Holland; leaving with her parents in March 1941; train travel with about forty people to Portugal via Brussels, Paris, and San Sebastían; being struck by the poverty in Spain; travel by ship to New York via Cuba in June 1941; living in a house on the Warburg estate in White Plains; attending high school and college; and marriage to another German refugee. Mrs. W. discusses her career as a social worker, which she attributes to her experiences in Spain; reluctance to visit Germany; rediscovering a part of herself when she recently went there; and feeling her experience impacted her daughter.