Esther J. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1400) interviewed by Susan Morris and Elaine Tannenbaum
- Ventnor, N.J. : Federation of Jewish Agencies of Atlantic County/Stockton State College, Holocaust Oral History Project, 1989
- Interview Date
- October 26, 1989.
- 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.
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.