Gisela M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3121) interviewed by Cathy S. Gelbin, Karen Remmler, and Irene Diekmann,
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.
- 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.