Esther M. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2343) interviewed by Rivie Zeiler
- Mahwah, N.J. : Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, 1991
- Interview Date
- October 24, 1991.
- 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.
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.