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Geiselle M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-572) interviewed by Edith Bayme and Livia Mallon,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-572

Videotape testimony of Geiselle M., who was born in Žilina, Czechoslovakia in 1912. She describes her affluent family; Jewish life; her education; her mother's death in 1938; marriage in 1939; moving to Trenčín; and the German takeover. She details her husband's importance to the Germans since he was a plumber; her pregnancy; arrangements through a priest, with whom her husband had attended school, to have the child registered Catholic at birth; aid received from friends and employees; entrusting her son to a former employee; deportation to Auschwitz, via Sered,̕ with her father, stepmother and brother; the horrendous conditions of the transport; arrival and separation from her family; learning of her sister's death in Auschwitz; transfer to Bad Kudowa Zdój with her friends from Žilina; forced labor in a factory; liberation in May 1945; returning home; and reunion with her son and husband. She discusses the pain of seeing her son call another woman "mother"; the miracle of their family survival; her dreams and religious beliefs after the war; her son's reluctance to discuss the topic; his closeness to Mrs. M. and her husband; and her pleasure in her grandchildren.

M., Geiselle, 1912-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
April 29, 1985.
Žilina (Slovakia)
Trenčín (Slovakia)
Sered̕ (Slovakia)
Brno (Czech Republic)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Geiselle M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-572). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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