StoryCorps

Looking Back On A Wartime Childhood

Gisela Erlhoff, right, with her friend Susan Pillans
Gisela Erlhoff, right, with her friend Susan Pillans
Credit STORYCORPS ATLANTA

Memories from childhood can be some of our happiest.

But what if that childhood was shaped by war?

Gisela Erlhoff  was a little girl living in Germany when World War II began. She sat down with her friend Susan Pillans at the Atlanta History Center’s StoryCorps booth to talk about this time in her life.

Susan began by asking Gisela about growing up in the town of Wiesbaden, Germany.

Gisela passed away in 2018.

This story was produced locally by Stephen Key and recorded in partnership with The Atlanta History Center, which hosts Atlanta’s StoryCorps booth. To hear more stories from Atlanta, visit WABE.org/storycorps.

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