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

Oral History | Digitized | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-499

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    Summary
    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.
    Author/Creator
    F., Esther, 1923?-
    Published
    Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1984
    Interview Date
    October 31, 1984.
    Locale
    Poland
    Łódź
    Germany
    Łódź (Poland)
    Frankfurt am Main (Germany)
    Czechoslovakia
    Budapest (Hungary)
    Italy
    Cite As
    Esther F. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-499). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
    Other Authors/Editors
    Weinberger, Sara, interviewer.
    Notes
    This testimony has some video and audio problems.

    Physical Details

    Language
    English
    Copies
    2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
    Physical Description
    1 videorecording (1 hr., 38 min.) : col

    Keywords & Subjects

    Subjects (Local Yale)
    Hiding.
    Mutual aid.
    Aid by non-Jews.
    Postwar experiences.
    Postwar effects.

    Administrative Notes

    Link to Yale University Library Catalog:
    http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4293885
    Record last modified:
    2018-05-29 11:58:00
    This page:
    https:​/​/collections.ushmm.org​/search​/catalog​/hvt4293885

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