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Esther W. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2609) interviewed by Joanne Weiner Rudof and Helen Katz,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2609

Videotape testimony of Esther W., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1929. She recalls her comfortable childhood; her brother's emigration to Palestine in 1936; German invasion; anti-Jewish restrictions; moving with her family to Warsaw and Falenica in 1940; ghettoization in Warsaw; fleeing to Stopnica; joining her aunt in Staszów in 1942; her father's deportation; deportation with her aunt to Skarżysko (she never saw her mother and sister again); forced labor in a munitions factory; public hangings; her father visiting, sharing his bread, and arranging her transfer to his camp; his deportation; transfer with her friend to a camp near Leipzig in the spring of 1944; her friend's pregnancy and childbirth; and liberation from a death march by Soviet troops in the spring of 1945. Mrs. W. describes reunion with her father in Łódź; traveling with him to Feldafing; joining her brother in Israel in 1948; marriage; the birth of her sons; and emigrating with her family to the United States. She reflects upon the loss of her childhood; constant fear of illness or going to the wrong side during selections; never sharing her experiences with her husband and children; and continuing reluctance to discuss the war years.

Author/Creator
W., Esther, 1929-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 25, 1994.
Locale
Poland
Warsaw
Staszów
Israel
Łódź (Poland)
Stopnica (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Staszów (Województwo Świętokrzyskie, Poland)
Falenica (Warsaw, Poland)
Language
English
Copies
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-2609). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.