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Esther G. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1434) interviewed by Natalie Lederman and Zelda Kaplan,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1434

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.

G., Esther, 1934-
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1990
Interview Date
January 31, 1990.
Mutvitsa (Ukraine)
Pinsk (Belarus)
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.
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