Esther W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-961) interviewed by Norman Blumenthal and Robert Prince
- New York, N.Y. : Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies at Yale, 1987
- Interview Date
- November 22, 1987.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther W. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-961). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Esther W. who was born around 1921 in Tlumach, Poland (now Ukraine). She recalls her family's Zionist activities; Soviet occupation; German invasion; hiding during a round-up when her parents and two siblings were transported to another town where her father was killed; her mother's return; ghettoization; imprisonment in 1942; bribing their way out; transfer to Buchach; and escaping an aktion in which her mother and a sister were killed in June 1943. Mrs. W. recounts following her mother's instructions to escape; hiding in the forest and in the homes of Polish farmers with her younger siblings; reunion with two cousins who remained with her; constant hunger, cold, and watchfulness to evade discovery; liberation in March 1944 by Soviet troops; fleeing to Germany in 1945; and emigrating to the United States. Mrs. W. describes her pride in her children and discussing her experience with them.