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Oral history testimony of Esther Weisz Grun

Oral History | Accession Number: 2012.461.1 | RG Number: RG-50.726.0001

Esther Grun discusses being raised in Hungary; her early schooling; wearing the gold star once the Germans took over; her parents and the philosophies that they taught her; being sent to Auschwitz; being sent to Ravensbrück; how she lost her whole family to the gas chambers at Auschwitz; the conditions in the camps; the different types of forced labor that she did; the way the prisoners were treated by the guards; the children at Ravensbrück; being chosen for a work detail in a munitions factory near Leipzig, Germany; the bombing of the munitions factory; being sent on a death march; how she escaped by hiding in a barn and being taken in by a woman on a nearby farm; being taken to the town square and having it announced that she and the other two girls with her were available for work; working on a nearby farm; hearing that Hitler was dead and that they were free; leaving the farm to walk home and being picked up by a Red Cross truck; being in a hospital then being sent to a sanatorium in Czechoslovakia after the war because she had TB; making it home and finding only her aunt had survived; the reasons she tells her story; her Jewish faith and praying in the camps; and her thoughts on the emergence of the Nazi movement and human cruelty.

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Esther W. Grun
interview:  2009
1 DVD : MPEG-2.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Dorothee von Huene-Greenberg
Record last modified: 2020-05-20 08:26:17
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