- Journeys to Freedom: a Compelling true story of a young Hungarian born American boy’s three year concealment from the Gestapo by French supporters (1998)
by Brooke Shannon (SHS)
Guy Geller was born in Szentes, Hungary, in 1936. His mother was a French-born American, and his father a Hungarian- born Frenchman. Geller’s father was a writer and pursued his career in 1938 by moving to Paris. His father, Gerard Gyula Geller, was arrested by the Nazis on October 13, 1942, which was Gerard’s birthday fourth birthday. Geller never saw his father again and did not receive word about his father’s death in the gas chambers of Auschwitz until October of 1996.
After his father’s arrest, Guy Geller was taken in by many different people who helped his mother keep him hidden from the Gestapo. His period of concealment lasted three years, and he journeyed all over the France from 1942 to 1946.
On October 13, 1946, Geller and his mother, four years to the day of his father’s arrest, arrived in the United States as American citizens. Geller continued his education in America with great pride and gratitude for his new chance at life in his free country. In Geller’s eighth grade year, he was adopted by the Moore family, who had been taking care of him and his education. He still traveled quite a bit over the summers and attended more than one high school.
Today Geller is a retired business executive who lives with his wife in McComb, Mississippi. They have three children and six grandchildren. Guy Hunter Geller, one of his grandsons, will carry on the family name. He has written a book called Journeys to Freedom, which relates his experiences.
Guy Geller writes a weekly column entitled “Armchair Ponderings” in the Magnolia Gazette of Magnolia, Mississippi.
- Magnolia Gazette book description of Journeys to Freedom
- Armchair Pondering: Beware of Empty Half Wine Barrels (November 25, 2014)
- Geller, Guy. Journeys to Freedom. Magnolia, MS: Ilrea Publishing, 1998.