Esther T. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1074) interviewed by Dina Choshen and Raphael Rozner
- Ramat Aviv, Israel : Beth Hatefutsoth, Nahum Goldman Museum of the Jewish Diaspora, 1984
- Interview Date
- August 24, 1984.
- Cite As
- Esther T. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1074). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.