Esther F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2033) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1991
- Interview Date
- October 9, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2033). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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.