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Oral history interview with Gisela Hirschberger

Oral History | Accession Number: 1999.A.0122.514 | RG Number: RG-50.477.0514

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.

Gisela Hirschberger
interview:  2002 October 09
Oral histories.
2 videocassettes (SVHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Jewish Family and Children's Services of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties
Record last modified: 2020-03-26 09:51:55
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