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Ester B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3298) interviewed by B.M. Zabarko and Faina Vinocurova

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3298

Videotape testimony of Ester B., who was born in Tulʹchyn, Ukraine in 1929. She remembers moving to a Jewish agricultural colony when her father was falsely accused of factory ownership; returning two years later to avoid starvation; moving to another village; returning to Tulʹchyn in 1937; German invasion in 1941; fleeing to a village; capture by German troops; returning to Tulʹchyn; ghettoization; transfer with her family and relatives to Peciora; she and her sister contracting typhus; surviving a mass killing; smuggling food; her parents and relatives dying of starvation; a severe beating for leaving camp; escaping with her sisters and nephew; help from local peasants; traveling to Sharhorod and Kopaygorod; their arrest; imprisonment in Luchinets; release; returning to Peciora; escaping with a woman who paid them for their assistance; staying at a synagogue in Dzhurin, then in an orphanage (her sisters remained in the synagogue); liberation; and returning to Tulʹchyn. Mrs. B. discusses her sisters' and nephew's lives; the importance of wanting to relate their experiences to their survival; the unbearable conditions in Peciora; and commemorating those murdered there.

B., Ester, 1929-
Tulʹchyn, Ukraine : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1994
Interview Date
August 13, 1994.
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Ester B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3298). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.