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Esther F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2033) interviewed by Jaschael Pery,

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2033

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    Videotape testimony of Esther F., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1908. She recounts segregated seating for Jews at university in Kraków; attending medical school in Paris in 1926 with one brother (he remained); returning to Łódź in 1933; working as a physician; marriage in summer 1939; German invasion; her husband's draft into the Polish military (she never saw him again); ghettoization; living with her mother and another brother; working as a doctor; pervasive hunger, disease, and deaths; frequent round-ups and deportations; deportation to Auschwitz in August 1944; separation from her mother and brother (they perished); transfer to Guben to work as a physician; befriending a girl from Łódź, whom she considered a daughter; misinforming the Germans about the health of prisoners in order to save lives; evacuation to Bergen-Belsen in February 1945; recovering from typhus; learning her "daughter" had died; liberation by British troops; recovering in Landskrona and northern Sweden; assistance from Swedish physicians in Stockholm; contact with her brother who survived in France; corresponding with her husband's friend in the United States who had lost his family in Łódź; marriage to him during his visit; and joining him in the United States in 1947. She shows photographs.
    F., Esther, 1908-
    New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
    Interview Date
    October 9, 1991.
    Łódź (Poland)
    Paris (France)
    Landskrona (Sweden)
    Stockholm (Sweden)
    Cite As
    Esther F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2033). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Pery, Jaschael, interviewer.

    Physical Details

    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 47 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Mutual aid.
    Antisemitism Prewar.
    Husband Death.
    Postwar experiences.
    Hospitals in concentration camps.

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