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Oral history interview with Esthy Adler

Oral History | RG Number: RG-50.030.0004

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Esthy Adler discusses her memories as a small child in Poland before the war; her mother’s death and her father’s decision to re-marry; her memories of hiding in a cellar with her step-mother for protection from bombing raids and capture by the Germans; her experiences in a concentration camp, possibly Treblinka, where she survived a mass shooting; her transport to a second camp and escape through an underground tunnel with her step-mother; living in the forests with Jewish partisans; the death of her step-mother during a German raid on the partisan camp; hiding in the farmhouses of Polish peasants and working as a cow herder under a false Christian identity; moving between hiding places in Polish and Ukrainian villages; her time in a "collection center" for Jewish children and her travels with a group of Jewish orphans from Czechoslovakia to Barbizon, France; being adopted by a Jewish family in France and attending school to study philosophy and law; meeting her future husband Jim Adler, an American soldier, in 1954; her thoughts on her Jewish identity and her lost childhood; her two experiences of meeting Eleanor Roosevelt once as a child and once as an adult; and marrying Jim and moving with him to the United States in 1956.

Interviewee
Esthy Adler
Interviewer
Joan Ringelheim
Date
1994 May 23  (interview)
Language
English
Genre/Form
Oral histories.
Extent
2 videocasettes (Betacam SP) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection