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Esther L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2312) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2312

Videotape testimony of Esther L., who was born in Munich, Germany in 1926. She recounts visits from her father who worked in Pirmasens; attending a Jewish school; Jewish holidays with her maternal grandparents; belonging to Betar; Kristallnacht; assistance from their non-Jewish neighbors; joining her father in Holland in 1939 with her mother and sister; her father arranging her grandparents' illegal immigration to Brussels; attending school in Tilburg; German invasion in 1940; attending high school in Rotterdam, then in Oss; the Tilburg police chief warning her parents of a deportation; obtaining false papers; hiding with her mother and sister with a Dutch friend's family; her father's arrest and deportation to Westerbork and Auschwitz; hiding with her mother and sister on a farm with assistance from the underground; liberation by British troops in October 1944; friendships with soldiers from the Jewish brigade; her father's return; emigrating alone to the United States; marriage; and the birth of her two sons. Mrs. L. discusses losing her childhood because of the Holocaust; sharing her experiences with her children and grandchildren; and her father's emotional problems resulting from his camp experiences.

Author/Creator
L., Esther, 1926-
Published
Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1992
Interview Date
June 12, 1992.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. master; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther L. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2312). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/1113640
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:13:00
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