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Esther M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2343) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2343

Videotape testimony of Esther M., who was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1930. She recalls anti-Jewish regulations after the war began, including expulsion from school and wearing the star; hearing of concentration camps; her parents hiding with a non-Jewish business colleague and hiding her and her sister with a non-Jewish neighbor; visits from her mother (she had false papers so could go out); joining their parents; placement in a convent; being moved to another convent when other children became suspicious; writing letters to their parents through an intermediary; retrieval by their mother after the war; their emigration to Israel in 1948; happiness at not feeling ashamed of being Jewish; marriage to an American in 1955; and emigrating to the United States. Ms. M. discusses phobias resulting from the war years; her lost youth; and frequent visits to Israel. She shows photographs.

Author/Creator
M., Esther, 1930-
Published
Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
Interview Date
October 24, 1991.
Language
English
Copies
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther M. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2343). 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/4318148
Record last modified: 2011-05-05 11:42:00
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