Advanced Search

Learn About The Holocaust

Special Collections

My Saved Research




Skip to main content

Oral history interview with Esther Blatt

Oral History | Digitized | Accession Number: 1996.A.0586.31 | RG Number: RG-50.407.0031

Search this record's additional resources, such as finding aids, documents, or transcripts.

No results match this search term.
Check spelling and try again.

results are loading

0 results found for “keyward

    Oral history interview with Esther Blatt


    Interview Summary
    Esther Blatt, born in 1930 in Romania, discusses her family; being raised Orthodox; growing up on a farm outside of Oradea, Romania; attending school in Oradea; the Jewish community and Jewish traditions she participated in; having to attend a Hungarian school after 1940; speaking Romanian, Hungarian, and Yiddish; the Nazi occupation in 1944 and losing their farm and her father’s distillery; having to wear a star; being moved to the ghetto in May 1944; living in a brick factory; staying in the ghetto for two weeks and having her 14th birthday in the ghetto; being taken to Auschwitz in cattle cars; the selection process upon arrival; staying in Auschwitz for six months; the Blockälteste (inmates in charge of the barrack) in Auschwitz; being taken with 600 other girls to a bomb factory in Czechoslovakia in October 1944 (probably the Flossenbürg subcamp Hertine located in present day Rtyně v Podkrkonoší, Czech Republic); work and life in the camp; an explosion in the bomb factory and the death of one of the German guards; the lack of work and being sent to the fields to dig holes one day and filling in the holes the next day; continuing her religious observations in the camp; fasting on Yom Kippur and deciding to never fast again after someone stole her bread; no longer being religious; her awareness of time in the camp; seeing the Allied planes fly over; being taken to Theresienstadt, where she stayed for two weeks before being liberated; going to Budapest, Hungary; returning to Oradea for three months; living on Mizrachi kibbutz near Rome, Italy with her cousins for over three years; getting married in 1948; deciding to immigrate to Australia; and the difficulty adjusting to life in Australia and feeling ostracized by many Australians.
    Esther Blatt
    Raie Goodwach
    interview:  1996 February 27

    Physical Details

    1 videocassette (VHS) : sound, color ; 1/2 in..

    Rights & Restrictions

    Conditions on Access
    There are no known restrictions on access to this material.
    Conditions on Use
    No restrictions on use

    Keywords & Subjects

    Personal Name
    Blatt, Esther, 1930-

    Administrative Notes

    Jewish Holocaust Museum and Research Centre conducted the interview on February 27, 1996, in Melbourne, Australia. United States Holocaust Memorial Museum acquired the tape of the interview in July 1996.
    Record last modified:
    2023-11-16 08:29:12
    This page:

    Additional Resources

    Download & Licensing

    In-Person Research

    Contact Us