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Esther J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1400) interviewed by Susan Morris and Elaine Tannenbaum,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1400

Videotape testimony of Esther J., who was born in Wieluń, Poland in 1918. Mrs. J. recalls her close family of nine children; their religious observances; antisemitism after 1933; her engagement; her father's death immediately before the war; her fiance serving in the Polish army; German invasion in September 1939; fleeing with her family to join her fiance in the Soviet zone; and returning home to find their estate looted by Poles. She describes her family being fingerprinted by the Gestapo; leaving for Łódź with her fiance and mother; marriage; fleeing to Kovelʹ in the Soviet zone; transport to Siberia with other family members; conditions of severe physical deprivation; her son's birth in September 1940; living in several places, including Kazakhstan; her daughter's birth in 1946; having no knowledge of events in Europe during this time; and continuing observance of Jewish holidays. Mrs. J. tells of being allowed to return to Poland in April 1946; learning that most of their families had perished and of her brother's murder by Poles when he returned to their estate after the war; fleeing to the western zone with the help of Beriḥah; staying in displaced persons camps; and emigration to the United States in 1951.

J., Esther, 1918-
Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1989
Interview Date
October 26, 1989.
Wieluń (Łódź, Poland)
Siberia (Russia)
Kovelʹ (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther J. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1400). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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