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Gilberte W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4404) interviewed by Barbara Hadley Katz and Joanne Weiner Rudof,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4404

Videotape testimony of Gilberte W., who was born in Paris, France in 1913. She recounts that her mother was a French Catholic and her father a German Jew; visiting her paternal grandparents in Germany when World War I started; her father's draft into the German military; living in several places including Rastatt, Mannheim, then Magdeburg; attending a convent school; living with her paternal grandfather after her grandmother died; attending Friday night services with him and church on Sunday with her mother; moving to Leipzig, then Vienna; marriage to a Jew in 1935; the Anschluss; obtaining documents to emigrate to the United States (her husband could not go); returning to her parents in Leipzig; hiding her husband during Kristallnacht; her father's arrest and incarceration in Buchenwald; his release; obtaining travel documents in Berlin; sailing to the United States from France in 1939; learning her husband was hiding in France and had a girlfriend; divorcing him in 1941; remarriage to his best friend; her mother hiding her father in France during the war; and arranging their emigration to the United States as soon as the war was over. Ms. W. discusses raising her daughter as a Jew and believing in God, but not organized religion. She shows photographs and documents.

W., Gilberte, 1913-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2007
Interview Date
September 9, 2007.
Paris (France)
Rastatt (Germany)
Mannheim (Germany)
Magdeburg (Germany)
Leipzig (Germany)
Vienna (Austria)
Berlin (Germany)
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gilberte W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4404). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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