A Family Memoir

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Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht and the people she hid in her apartment during the World War II occupation of Amsterdam endured tremendous hardship. Shortly after the liberation of Amsterdam by the Allied Forces, Gisèle met a Canadian Army private who happened to also be her cousin. He brought food to the apartment, and a lifelong friendship ensued. After the war, Gisèle became well-known as a painter and stained-glass artist. She traveled extensively and never allowed difficulty to stand in the way of what she felt needed to be done. Her bravery was formally recognized by the Netherlands, Germany, and Israel. She died in 2013 at the age of 100. Circles is a family memoir. Beginning with the stories told by the author’s father—the Canadian soldier Gisele met in Amsterdam in 1945—it continues with other friends’ and relatives’ tales about the artist’s long, extraordinary life.
Publisher: Merida, Yucatan :, Hamaca Press,, [2015]
Description: 185 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780991144426
Branch Call Number: 759.9492 Wat


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camadult May 17, 2018

A biography of the local author's aunt Gisèle van Waterschoot van der Gracht, who hid her Jewish friends in her tiny apartment in Amsterdam in World War II. They lived close to starvation and in constant fear of discovery but, thanks to Gisele, they survived the Nazi occupation. Gisele later move... Read More »

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