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Esther K. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1385) interviewed by Louise Goodman and Natalie Lederman

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1385

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.

Author/Creator
K., Esther, 1919-
Published
Peabody, Mass. : Holocaust Center of the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, 1989
Interview Date
November 15, 1989.
Language
English
Copies
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.
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View in Yale University Library Catalog: http://hdl.handle.net/10079/bibid/4317950
Record last modified: 2013-11-11 11:58:00
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