Esther S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1282) interviewed by Lilian Sicular and Sergio Rothstein
- New York, N.Y. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1989
- Interview Date
- November 12, 1989.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1282). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Esther S., who was born in 1913 in Chernikhov, which later became a Czech city and is now in Ukraine. She recalls growing up in an affluent and modern orthodox family of nine children; one brother who was in the Czech army; a younger brother who escaped to Yugoslavia after German occupation of the Sudeten; her family's ghettoization in Uz︠h︡horod; crowded conditions and lack of food; transport to Auschwitz in May 1944; traumatic separation from her mother; meeting two nieces and remaining with them; the pervasive smell of burning flesh; transfer with her nieces to Torgau in October; slave labor in a munitions factory; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. S. recounts escaping to United States troops; briefly living in Arenberg; reunion with her brother in Chernikhov; staying in the Nuremberg displaced persons camp for four years; meeting her husband there; and emigration to the United States. Mrs. S. notes her doubts concerning the usefulness of her testimony and shows many photographs.