Esther B. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2378) interviewed by David Herman and Elliot Perry
- London, England : British Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1991
- Interview Date
- January 18, 1991.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther B. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2378). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Esther B., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1928, the youngest of three children. She recounts her family's secularism; her father's leadership position in the Bund; attending a Bund school; antisemitic harassment; German invasion; one brother fleeing to the Soviet zone (she never saw him again); her father fleeing after a warning from his pro-Nazi friend (she never saw him again); ghettoization; attending a ghetto school; eating at public kitchens funded by the Joint; participating in SKIF, the Bund youth group; her mother's hospitalization; hiding during round-ups; forced labor; her brother's deportation; deportation with her mother to Auschwitz/Birkenau; their separation upon arrival (she never saw her again); transfer to Hambühren; slave labor clearing bombing rubble; singing and reciting poetry with others to maintain hope; a death march to Bergen-Belsen; illness resulting in loss of consciousness; liberation by British troops; many deaths; transfer to Malmö, Sweden to recuperate; living in a Bundist group home; learning her brother was alive; emigration to join him in England in 1947; working in a Yiddish theater; marriage; and the births of two children. Ms. B. discusses her immediate impulse to share her story, but the reluctance of others to hear it; continuing to stockpile food as a result of her experiences; trying not to impose her sorrow on her children, although they told her they were aware of it; and recently visiting Poland with her family. She shows photographs.