Gisela M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3121) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin, Karen Remmler, and Irene Diekmann
- Potsdam, Germany : Moses Mendelssohn Zentrum für europäisch-jüdische Studien, Universität Potsdam, 1995
- Interview Date
- June 29 and August 8, 1995.
- 2 copies: Betacam SP dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Gisela M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3121). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Gisela M., who was born in Schivelbein, Germany (presently Świdwin, Poland) in 1925 one of two daughters of a Jewish father and non-Jewish mother. She describes harassment at school; witnessing her father being beaten; expulsion from school following Kristallnacht; her parents' futile efforts to emigrate; non-Jewish friends supplying their food; moving to Berlin; working as a factory apprentice; losing her job because she was the daughter of a Jew; her father's arrest; her mother demonstrating daily with other wives of Jewish men; her father's release; forced relocation in May 1944; her father's impressment building defensive barricades; living in shelters during the siege of Berlin; an SS shooting her father; she, her mother, and sister burying him; liberation by the Soviet Army; marriage; and her daughter's birth. Ms. M. discusses postwar politics in East Berlin; not emigrating to join relatives in the United States because her mother would not leave Germany; her husband's three-year imprisonment; and moving to the west. She shows many photographs and documents.