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Oral history interview with Gisela Hirschberger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.514 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0514
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Gisela Hirschberger discusses her childhood in Dresden, Germany; her memories of the events of Kristallnacht in November 1938, including her father's arrest and imprisonment in Dachau concentration camp; her flight to Essex, England in May 1939, where she taught and cared for a child in the family who provided her with refuge; having to find a new home; journeying to Cornwall where she was forced to attend a tribunal in which she was determined to be an enemy alien; being sent to a prison camp in the Isle of Man; her experiences in the prison camp; receiving packages from her parents, which ceased after their deportation to Auschwitz; the general good treatment she received; her release in 1942; her war-time work in a munitions factory; her engagement and marriage with a fellow survivor and artist; and their immigration to the United States in 1947; receiving family belongings that survived the Dresden bombings and were found by a friend of her parents 30 years after the war.

Interviewee
Gisela Hirschberger
Date
2002 October 09  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, acquired from Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
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