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Esther F. Holocaust testimony (HVT-499) interviewed by Sara Weinberger

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-499

Videotape testimony of Esther F., who was born in approximately 1923, the eldest of six children. She recalls living in Łódź; hunger due to extreme poverty; associating only with Jews; German invasion in 1939; ghettoization; one brother's death from tuberculosis; forced labor; her parents' deaths from starvation; hiding with her siblings during round-ups; deportation with her sister and two younger brothers to Auschwitz/Birkenau in August 1943; separation from her brothers (she never saw them again); transfer to Bergen-Belsen; volunteering with her sister for transfer to Hamburg; slave labor in a factory; her sister's assignment to the kitchen, which resulted in having extra food; Allied bombings; a death march; being wounded by shrapnel, which remains in her to this day; assistance from local Germans and Allied prisoners of war they encountered; she and her sister helping each other; liberation by Soviet troops; traveling to Frankfurt; returning to Poland; traveling illegally to Czechoslovakia, Budapest, and Italy; marriage; her son's birth; and emigration to the United States in 1948.

F., Esther, 1923?-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
Interview Date
October 31, 1984.
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
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Esther F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-499). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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