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Esther P. Holocaust testimony (HVT-523) interviewed by Donna Yanowitz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-523

Videotape testimony of Esther P., who was born in approximately 1925, one of ten children. She recounts living in Kolochava, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine); attending boarding school in Khust; her father's death in 1938; Hungarian occupation; anti-Jewish restrictions; forced relocation with her mother and four sisters to Sokirnitsa; their deportation to Auschwitz a month later; separation from her mother; efforts to stay together with her sisters; transfer after three months to Stutthof, then Bromberg; slave labor digging ditches; sharing food with her sisters; brutal treatment by guards and passing Hitler Youth; switching places with her sister who was assigned to a punishment barrack; hospitalization; a death march; abandonment by the guards; liberation by Soviet troops; transfer to Bydgoszcz, then Częstochowa; returning to Czechoslovakia; reunion with her brother; staying with her sister who was hospitalized in Romania; returning to Prague; living with her sisters in Ústí nad Labem; marriage; her son's birth; emigration to Canada; and assisting her sisters emigrate to North America. Ms. P. discusses the importance of her faith, hope, and remaining with her sisters to her survival; nightmares and health problems resulting from her experiences; and not sharing her story with her children because she always cried, which upset them.

P., Esther, 1925?-
Cleveland, Ohio : National Council of Jewish Women, Holocaust Archive Project, 1985
Interview Date
January 22, 1985.
4 copies: 3/4 in. dub; Betacam SP restoration master; Betacam SP restoration submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther P. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-523). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.