Gabrielle C. Falk née Freund died peacefully Sunday morning, 28 April 2019, in Chapel Hill, NC. She was born 20 April 1923 in Breslau, Germany, to Dr. Walther Freund and Ellinor née Bach. She was predeceased by her husband of 34 years, Dr. Hans L. Falk, and her brother, Andreas Freund of Paris. She is survived by her sons Raymond, Donald, and Stephen, her daughter-in-law Liz Otwell, and her grandchildren Irene Falk, Michael Falk, and Rebecca Falk. She was a life-long lover of chamber music. A memorial will be held on May 18, 2019, at 3 pm, at Carol Woods in Chapel Hill.

Contributions in her memory may be made to the Carol Woods Charitable Fund and directed to
Resident Life Fund/Concerts on the subject line.


She was a Holocaust survivor, some of whose experiences are detailed in a four-part series of videos prepared with Stephen’s help that were published in 2014 and are linked here:

Part 1: Family Historian
In Part 1, New Mexicast talks with Stephen Falk, the son of a Holocaust survivor, who is working to piece back together the fractured pieces of his family tree. By combing through archives and traveling the world, he finds the tiniest clues that help him reconstruct his family history after so much was lost.

Part 2: Gabrielle
In Part 2, New Mexicast introduces you to Holocaust survivor Gabrielle Falk. Through what she calls “incredible  luck,: she managed to slip through the grasp of the Nazis and now shares her story  publicly for the first time. With the help of her son, Stephen Falk, Gabrielle’s amazing story of survival is being preserved for, and shared with, future generations.

Part 3: Kristallnacht
In Part 3, we take a closer look at the terror Gabrielle and her family faced in Nazi Germany.
Specifically, this episode focuses on Gabrielle and her parents, Walther and Ellinor Freund, during the war. The title comes from a night of  violence inflicted on Germany’s Jewish community November 9-10, 1938, known as Kristallnacht, a night Gabrielle, and many other German Jews, will never forget.

Part 4: Falk Finale
In Part 4, the final installment of this four part series, we learn the ultimate fate of Gabrielle and her father and mother; Walther and Ellinor Freund. We also finally discover the role Swiss Chocolate played in  one family member’s survival. After seeing this story, it is hard not to agree with Gabrielle’s assertion that she and her family had some “incredible luck!”