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Oral history interview with Gisela Hrones

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

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.

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Hrones, Gisela
interview:  1991 August 31
1 sound cassette.
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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.
Record last modified: 2022-07-28 20:11:15
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