Esther G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1434) interviewed by Natalie Lederman and Zelda Kaplan
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1990
- Interview Date
- January 31, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther G. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1434). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Esther G., who was born in Mutvitsa, Poland (presently Ukraine) in 1934. She recalls the warmth of Sabbath observance; Soviet occupation; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions resulting in a sense of isolation; her mother arranging for a farmer to hide Mrs. G. and her brothers; betrayal by the farmer; a German guard letting her go (she never saw her brothers again); being hidden again by the same farmer who had betrayed her; retrieval by her mother, who escaped the ghetto's liquidation (her father was killed); posing as a Christian; hiding in several places while her mother was in the partisans; efforts to conceal but not forget her Jewish identity; and constant fear and loneliness. Mrs. G. recounts evacuation to German camps as the Soviets advanced; reunion with her mother; continued anxiety about revealing her Jewish identity; living with a non-Jewish family in Pinsk; her mother's remarriage; emigration to Austria; living in the Bindermichl displaced persons camp where she started school and began to "sort things out"; emigration to the United States in 1949; and her inability to discuss her experience until 1985.