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Oral history interview with Esther Frank

Oral History | Accession Number: 2014.37.3 | RG Number: RG-50.765.0003

Esther Gelbart Frank, born in Poland in 1927, describes her family; the invasion of the Nazis; attempting to escape with her siblings but going back home; the murder of two uncles; not being allowed to attend school; how Jewish men were ordered to clean up the bombed areas and the beating her father received for refusing to do so; moving to the ghetto; the arrest of her father in 1941 and never seeing him again; going on a dangerous train trip to another ghetto; escaping before the liquidation of the camp; returning home and registering for a work camp; being sent to Blechhammer in June 1943 and then to another camp to work in a factory; living in a barracks with 40 other women; a cruel 19-year-old female guard; being beaten for stealing potatoes; the increase in the number of inmates in 1944; knowing that the Russians were coming to liberate the camp; being freed on May 8, 1945; looting food from the bakery and butcher; moving to the American zone and immigrating to the United States in 1949; and her advice to students.

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Esther Frank
interview:  2007 April 26
1 DVD : MPEG-4.
Credit Line
United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Collection, Gift of Congregation Shaarey Tikvah, Beachwood, Ohio
Record last modified: 2020-08-03 11:56:53
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