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Oral history interview with Gisela Hrones

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 2006.70.22 | RG Number: RG-50.583.0022

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    Oral history interview with Gisela Hrones


    Interview Summary
    Gisela Hrones, born June 15, 1908 in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia (Czech Republic), discusses her childhood; how her family valued her and her three brothers' education; her parents’ disdain, which gradually eased, with her for marrying a non-Jew in 1935; the unexpected nature of the German occupation; fleeing with her brothers; how she divorced, got baptized, and then remarried her husband to avoid persecution; leaving her husband and son as she began to move frequently; obtaining someone else’s papers; staying in contact with her husband; how the Gestapo imprisoned her husband ‘because of her’ in 1943; escaping to Pancava, a small mountain village in Slovakia, once the Germans came to Slovakia in Autumn 1944; how the mayor of that town agreed to shelter her; living and working with the peasants in the village for eight months; being warned whenever a German patrol was near; the arrival of a Czech brigade from the Soviet army; moving to Košice, Slovakia; setting up services for the future Czech government; moving, along with her department to Prague, Czech Republic; meeting up with her husband and son; illegally leaving Czechoslovakia in 1948; and moving to Australia in June 1949.
    Gisela Hrones
    interview:  1991 August 31
    Credit Line
    Forms part of the Claims Conference International Holocaust Documentation Archive at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. This archive consists of documentation whose reproduction and/or acquisition was made possible with funding from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

    Physical Details

    1 sound cassette.

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    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    Permission must be obtained from the University of Sydney, Archive of Australian Judaica for any type of use other than research.

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Hrones, Gisela, 1908-

    Administrative Notes

    The Australian Institute of Holocaust Studies conducted the interview with Gisela Hrones on August 31, 1991 for the Twelfth Hour Project. The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum received a copy of the interview in April 2006 from the State Library of New South Wales where the collection is housed.
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