First, Gitl is selfless. Instead of focusing on her own needs after the Holocaust ends, she starts a rescue mission for girls in Israel.
Second, Gitl is motherly. From the moment she and Hannah arrive at the camp, she becomes a second mother to Hannah.
Third, she is self-sacrificing. Despite admonishing Hannah to eat her food and not give it away to the younger children, she gives her own food away.
Fourth, she is brave. She becomes part of an escape plot, and while the attempt to escape fails, it shows her tenacious spirit.
Fifth, she is loyal and makes the effort to keep Chaya's memory alive.
Lastly, Gitl has integrity. She shows, time and time again through this great novel, that she is committed to taking the right course of action, even if that means great sacrifice on her own part.