Gisele W. testimony 1985 [video recording]
Date of Recording26 June 1985
Duration1h 59m 7.0s
SynopsisGisele W. was born in Krakow, Poland on January 8, 1902. She describes her family. She describes her education. She describes the Jewish community. She describes her family moving to Vienna in 1914 as the war broke out. She recalls her brother and father served in the Austrian army while another brother served in the French. She describes the cultural and social life in Vienna during the inter-war period. She recalls increased antisemitism after the Anschluss in 1938. She describes travelling illegally to join her brothers in Paris and her parents joining them later. She describes hiding from round-ups. She describes travelling with her family into the Vichy free zone. She recalls returning to Paris and living in hiding. She recalls the deportation of two of her brothers. She recalls the deportation of her parents and visiting them in Drancy camp. She describes caring for her brother’s child. She describes meeting her husband after liberation. She describes living in Berlin after the war. She describes immigrating to Canada (her husband was a non-Jewish Canadian citizen). She discusses sharing her experiences with others. Gisele shows photographs.
Funding NoteCataloguing and digitization of this testimony was supported by funding from the Government of Canada.