“There would have been no chance of me surviving had I stayed behind, if my mother and father didn’t have the ethical braveness to allow us to go,” Mrs. Gissing stated in an interview in 2006 with a Holocaust survivors’ archive on the College of Michigan-Dearborn.
“The scene at Prague station will likely be with me perpetually,” The Each day Telegraph quoted her as recalling. “The compelled cheerfulness of my mother and father — their final phrases of affection, encouragement and recommendation. Till that second, I felt extra excited than afraid, however when the whistle blew and the prepare pulled slowly out of the station, my beloved mom and father may not masks their anguish.”
She and her 15-year-old sister, Eve, wore clothes that match precisely, within the hope that they’d return quickly sufficient to not want bigger sizes to develop into. Mrs. Gissing stated she was given a leather-bound diary wherein to ship messages to her mother and father not directly through the interim.
“Day-after-day I wrote my mother and father a letter,” she stated.
She had crammed the pages of greater than a dozen diaries by the top of the conflict, when she realized that her father had been fatally shot whereas on a demise march from the Terezin focus camp in December 1944 and her mom had died from typhoid two days after she was liberated from one other camp, Bergen-Belsen.
Mrs. Gissing wrote an autobiography, “Pearls of Childhood” (1988), and collaborated with Muriel Emanuel on “Nicholas Winton and the Rescued Technology” (2001). Her story was recounted in a youngsters’s ebook by Peter Sís, “Nicky & Vera” (2021), and within the documentaries “All My Cherished Ones” (1999), “Into the Arms of Strangers: Tales of the Kindertransport” (2000) and the Emmy Award-winning “The Energy of Good: Nicholas Winton” (2002).
Veruska Anna Diamantova was born in Prague on July 4, 1928, to Karel Diamontova, a wine service provider, and Irma (Kestner) Diamontova, who labored in her husband’s workplace. She grew up in Celakovice, about 20 miles east of Prague.
“My sister was very severe and studious,” she stated in the interview for the College of Michigan archive. “I used to be a ragamuffin who at all times acquired into scrapes.”