Esther R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-803)
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
- Interview Date
- December 14, 1986.
- 3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-803). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Esther R., who was born in Košice, Czechoslovakia in 1932. She recounts Hungarian occupation in 1938, resulting in her father losing his business; their move to Sàtoraljaújhely; her father hiding in 1942 to avoid forced labor; visiting him in Budapest in 1943; German invasion in March 1944; being smuggled to Budapest to join her father; her parents dispersing the four children and themselves to various hiding places with the help of non-Jews; her mother, then her father, joining her toward the end of the war; and liberation by Soviet troops. Mrs. R. recalls reunion with her siblings; choosing not to attend Hungarian school; Zionist group activities; emigration with her family to the United States in 1948; marriage; and the birth of three daughters and many grandchildren. She notes the personal effects of the Holocaust: total disruption of her life; continuing fears; openness to the suffering of others; and loss of faith in humanity.