Away from Home: Giselle Schultz

Away from Home: Giselle Schultz

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Location

Havelock House

Year

1988

Date

Transmission 27/05/1988

Length

25min 09sec

Audio

sound

Format

1 inch

colour

Source

Digitised as part of the UTV Archive Partnership Project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI)

Courtesy

Department for Communities, ITV, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland

Rights Holder

ITV

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Description

Presented by Gerry Kelly, this series features interviews with various individuals who have immigrated to Northern Ireland.

This episode focuses on Giselle Schultz, who grew up in West Germany during the 1930's and 1940's, and the outbreak of WWII. Kelly delves into Giselle's childhood, first, when she was evacuated to Austria and, later, when she returned home to find her father was missing. She also recalls the time when a Russian soldier broke into the family home, threatening to kill her mother, if she didn't give him a watch. 

Later, to the family's shock, a letter came to inform them that her father was alive and being held in a Russian prison. She recalls the subsequent mental health problems this situation caused her mother. She describes her relationship with her father and the impact of his death. Despite the traumas she endured, Giselle found an inner resilience, stating that, "there is always some kind of violence in people and you see it here, and you see it everywhere, it's a fact of life".  

Marrying young, Giselle met her husband working in television and they had several children together. However it was her divorce in 1975 which brought her a new lease of life. Having gone on holiday with her sister, to Spain, she met two Irish men who she found amusing. She arrived home to find a letter from one of the men, requesting to visit her and, so, they began a relationship. 

Now living in Northern Ireland and having learnt English and overcome the difficulties in understanding the local dialect, Giselle went on to establish a successful business career, learning from past commercial mistakes and growing her clientele in the likes of Japan. 

 

Credits

A UTV Production.

Presented by Gerry Kelly. 

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