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Gisela W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2079) interviewed by Phyllis O. Ziman Tobin,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2079

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.

Author/Creator
W., Gisela, 1925-
Published
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
April 26, 1992.
Locale
Berlin (Germany)
Germany
Hague (Netherlands)
Stuttgart (Germany)
Lugano (Switzerland)
Amsterdam (Netherlands)
Brussels (Belgium)
Paris (France)
San Sebastián (Spain)
Portugal
Language
English
Copies
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.
 
View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4286336
Record last modified: 2018-06-04 13:27:00
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