From Grandma Gisela Mahler
a letter to my Grandchildren
by Gisela Mahler
About the Book
Gisela Mahler wrote this account of her life so that her grandchildren could know something about their family.
Born in Vienna when it was the capital of Austria-Hungary, Gisela grew up during the 1st World War and married just before the threat of Nazism started to darken Europe. Gisela and her husband came from Jewish families but were connected with Quakers.
Gisela's husband, Hilo, was a prisoner of war in '14-'18 and was briefly imprisoned by the Nazis too. Gisela tells the reader of her escape, with her husband and children, from Austria after the Nazi take-over, then the ups and downs of setting up home in an entirely new country.
Quietly told, this little book is a story of great courage and tells us about times which are beginning to fade from living memory.
Worked as a young doctor as a Government Medical Officer in Botswana. Spent most of my career caring for patients brought to hospital as emergencies. My design portfolio includes the preparation of material for lecture presentations and posters, internal publication of volumes of clinical guidelines and the production of family greetings cards over many years, using a wide variety of techniques. More recently I have held a brief to create and reinforce a brand image for the Royal College of Emergency Medicine. Now retired from clinical work, much of my time is spent organising and copying photographs, writings and art work collected over the years.