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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2079

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    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.
    W., Gisela, 1925-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
    Interview Date
    April 26, 1992.
    Berlin (Germany)
    Hague (Netherlands)
    Stuttgart (Germany)
    Lugano (Switzerland)
    Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Brussels (Belgium)
    Paris (France)
    San Sebastián (Spain)
    Cite As
    Gisela W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2079). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Tobin, Phyllis O. Ziman, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 42 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Child survivors.
    Postwar effects.
    Postwar experiences.
    Survivor-child relations.
    Antisemitism Prewar.

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