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Esther T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1074) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Raphael Rozner,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1074

Videotape testimony of Esther T., who was born in Thessalonīke, Greece in 1914. She recalls her father's death in 1933; working as a seamstress; German invasion in 1941; ghettoization; smuggling food; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau in March 1943; separation from her mother and aunt; interpreting for Greek inmates; removing empty Zyklon B cans from the gas chamber area; observing selections by Dr. Josef Mengele; feigning recovery from typhus to leave the hospital; her sister's death in the hospital; her younger brother's privileged job which led to extra food and favors from a German; receiving food and messages from her brother; kindness from a SS woman; intervening with an official to improve conditions for some Greek inmates; a kapo beating her for helping new arrivals escape selection; efforts to remain near her brother; and being wounded in an Allied bombing in September 1944. Mrs. T. recounts the death march in January 1945; transport to a labor camp; sharing extra food she obtained working in the kitchen work; evacuation in April; witnessing United States and Soviet troops meet near Leipzig; liberation; and traveling to France.

T., Esther, 1914-
Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
Interview Date
August 24, 1984.
Thessalonikē (Greece)
Cite As
Esther T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1074). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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