Esther L. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2312) interviewed by Elizabeth Jacob
- Wilmette, Ill. : Holocaust Education Foundation, 1992
- Interview Date
- June 12, 1992.
- 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.
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.