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Esther F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-3383) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Lucille B. Ritvo,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-3383

Videotape testimony of Esther F., who was born in Kaunas, Lithuania in 1923. She describes a happy childhood in a family of seven children; Soviet occupation; German invasion; a futile attempt to flee; separation from her mother and sisters during a selection; learning of their murders in a mass killing from her brother, who escaped from the mass grave; transfer to a labor camp with her father and brothers; her fiancé joining her; sharing extra food with fellow prisoners; requesting her father's transfer to the ghetto hospital when he was ill; transfer to Stutthof; separation from her father, brothers, and fiancé; escaping with a friend from a death march; receiving food, clothing, and advice from a German priest; working while posing as German refugees; liberation by Soviet troops; working as a hospital nurse; joining a group of Jewish refugees in Breslau; traveling to Łódź; reunion with her fiancé in Wels displaced persons camp; learning her father had been killed; marriage; living in Munich; her son's birth in June 1947; reunion with her sister; and emigration to the United States in 1949.

F., Esther, 1923-
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1996
Interview Date
June 17, 1996.
Kaunas (Lithuania)
Wrocław (Poland)
Łódź (Poland)
Munich (Germany)
3 copies: Betacam SP master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-3383). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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