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Esther H. Holocaust testimony (HVT-4325) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Helen Katz

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-4325

Videotape testimony of Esther H., who was born in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1927. She recounts her parents were Polish immigrants; seeing Hitler twice; anti-Jewish restrictions; visiting her grandparents in Poland in 1934; visiting an aunt in Berlin; her father being beaten and their home and store plundered on Kristallnacht; traveling to Antwerp via Aachen to live with a maternal aunt; her parents joining her; German invasion in May 1940; fleeing to Paris via Lille; assistance from the Joint; moving to Toulouse, then Saint-Loup; French soldiers being billeted in the house where they were staying; moving into a barn with another Jewish family for three months; traveling to Lisbon; emigrating to the United States with assistance from HIAS; working for HIAS in 1946; marriage; emigration to Israel in 1950; returning to the United States within a year; and the births of three children. Ms. H. notes the deaths of relatives living in Poland. She shows documents, artwork, and photographs.

Author/Creator
H., Esther, 1927-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 2004
Interview Date
October 1, 2004.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: DVCam master; Betacam SP submaster; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Esther H. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-4325). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.