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Esther K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-861) interviewed by Nadine Weinstein and Jody Maier,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-861

Videotape testimony of Esther K., who was born in 1935 in Split, Yugoslavia. She describes the Jewish community; Italian occupation including parades and expulsion of Jews from public schools; an influx of refugees; a book burning and destruction of the synagogue in June 1942; denial of official responsibility by the Italian government; and rebuilding of the synagogue. Mrs. K. recounts Nazi occupation; her father, brother and oldest sister joining the partisans; being warned of a Nazi round-up by a non-Jewish friend; hiding with her mother and another sister in a mountain village for several months; joining a partisan-led refugee group for six months; traveling to the island of Vis under German fire; and being taken to Bari, Italy on a British boat. She recounts an uncle finding them; locating her father and brother; learning her oldest sister was alive in Yugoslavia; emigration with her parents, brother and sister to the United States in 1944; life in the Fort Ontario Refugee Shelter where she met Eleanor Roosevelt; postwar adjustment difficulties; marriage to a survivor; and attempts to bring her oldest sister to the United States.

K., Esther, 1935-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1991
Interview Date
December 8, 1991.
Split (Croatia)
Bari (Italy)
Vis Island (Croatia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-861). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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