Esther K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1385) interviewed by Louise Goodman and Natalie Lederman
- Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
- Interview Date
- November 15, 1989.
- 2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
- Cite As
- Esther K. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1385). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
Videotape testimony of Esther K., who was born in Łódź, Poland in 1919. She recalls her large, extended family; attending public school; German invasion; marriage; ghettoization; working in a clothing factory; her father, two brothers, and a sister dying from starvation; deportations, including her mother and other siblings; transfer with her husband and a cousin to Auschwitz in 1944; separation from her husband (she never saw him again); and the public shooting of her pregnant cousin. Mrs. K. recounts transfer after six weeks to Bergen-Belsen, then Salzwedel; forced labor in a munitions factory; receiving food from non-Jews; losing a finger from an injury; and liberation by United States troops. She recounts returning to Poland to search for her husband; fleeing to Germany; living in the Landsberg displaced persons camp; marriage; birth of a son (he died at six weeks) and a daughter; and emigration to the United States in 1949. Mrs. K. notes her close relationship with her children and that she is the only member of her large family who survived.