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Gys L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1389) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1389

Videotape testimony of Gys L., who was born in Berlin, Germany in 1921. She recalls her childhood in a wealthy family; her father's decision to move the family to Paris in 1933; education in French schools and the Sorbonne; internment of male German Jews (including her father and brother) in late 1939; and meeting her future husband when he called with news of her brother. She recounts detention with her mother in Gurs; primitive camp conditions; release during the German invasion in 1940; her marriage in Marseille; and her in-laws' escape to the United States (her father-in-law was the anti-Nazi journalist Georg Bernhard). Mrs. L. describes hiding with the aid of a Resistance member; escaping with her husband and brother to Spain; capture and imprisonment at Miranda de Ebro and Madrid as undocumented aliens; her in-laws' role in their release and emigration to the United States; and the deaths of her father-in-law and infant daughter in 1944. She relates her father's deportation to Majdanek; her mother's survival in hiding; and sponsoring her mother's and brother's emigration.

L., Gys, 1921-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1990
Interview Date
September 13, 1990.
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
Marseille (France)
Madrid (Spain)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Gys L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1389). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.