Esther S. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1723) interviewed by Jaschael Pery
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1990
- Interview Date
- November 27, 1990.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther S. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1723). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Esther S., who was born in Mukacheve, Czechoslovakia (presently Ukraine) in 1929, one of five children. She recalls her family's orthodoxy; Hungarian occupation; hearing of events in Poland but thinking it could not happen to them; ghettoization in early 1944; deportation to Auschwitz/Birkenau; remaining with her two older sisters; once seeing her father beyond a fence; transfer to Stutthof, then Bromberg in summer 1944; trying to sabotage the work in the munitions factory; contact with French POWs; a death march in January 1945; stopping when one sister could not go on; realizing they were left behind; hiding in a cellar; liberation by Soviet troops; returning home through many Polish cities; learning only one uncle had survived from their entire family; living in Košice, then Chomutov; living in Pocking displaced persons camp; and emigrating to the United States in 1946. Mrs. S. discusses being told not to share their experiences when they arrived in the U.S. because no one would believe them; feeling her American relatives did not want to know; and eventually sharing her experiences with her children. She shows photographs.