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Esther R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-803)

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-803

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.

R., Esther, 1932-
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1986
Interview Date
December 14, 1986.
Košice (Slovakia)
Sátoraljaújhely (Hungary)
Budapest (Hungary)
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.
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