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Esther A. Holocaust testimony (HVT-639) interviewed by Kathy Strochlic and Eileen Anderson,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-639

Videotape testimony of Esther A., who was born in Radautz, Bukovina (today Radauti, Romania), in 1908. In this vivid testimony, Mrs. A. tells of her family's ardent Zionism; fleeing with her mother and siblings to join her father in Berlin in 1914; Jewish life in inter-war Berlin; participation in the "Bar Kochba" sports club; work for a Jewish newspaper; courtship and marriage; her husband's emigration to America in 1941 with his parents; her attempts to emigrate; and forced labor. She relates her mother's and a brother's deportations (she never saw them again); preparing herself for deportation; Jewish community officials' attempts to save her; arrival at Auschwitz-Birkenau; arduous conditions; her clerical job; an SS doctor saving her when she was ill; learning of the deaths of other family members; exchanging "love letters" with a kapo to get extra rations; evacuation from Auschwitz in January 1945; death marches; and liberation by Soviet troops in May. She describes aid from HIAS and the Joint in Paris; a year in Palestine; joyful reunion with her husband in America in 1946; and deciding to speak of her experiences after years of silence.

A., Esther, 1908-
New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1985
Interview Date
November 11, 1985.
Bukovina (Romania and Ukraine)
Rădăuți (Romania)
Berlin (Germany)
Paris (France)
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther A. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-639). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.