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Esther K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2764) interviewed by Alexandr Razumovskii and Rafael Chikvashvili,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2764

Videotape testimony of Esther K., who was born in Kharkiv, Ukraine in 1927. She recalls a happy childhood; her family's good relations with non-Jews; German occupation; anti-Jewish measures; public hangings; her father moving to a tractor plant outside of Kharkiv, following German orders issued on December 16, 1941, for the Jews to gather there; her mother's decision to hide after visiting her father, who begged her not to bring their children there; obtaining false papers with assistance from their non-Jewish building superintendent; assistance from non-Jewish neighbors; traveling to the countryside to bring food home; her deportation as a non-Jew to Hamburg, and then Marburg; working as a slave laborer on a farm, hiding her Jewish identity; liberation by British troops; transfer to the Soviet Zone in Neubrandenburg; serving in the NKVD branch of the Soviet army; and returning to Kharkiv after her demobilization in November 1945. Mrs. K. discusses reunion with her mother and siblings; moving to Tʻbilisi after her marriage in 1947; antisemitic incidents; and emigration to the United States in 1975.

K., Esther, 1927-
Baltimore, Md. : Baltimore Jewish Council, 1994
Interview Date
January 16, 1994.
Kharkiv (Ukraine)
Hamburg (Germany)
Marburg (Germany)
Neubrandenburg (Germany)
Tʻbilisi (Georgia)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2764). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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