Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Esther Feldman Icikson - October 23 & 29, November 5 & 12, 2001

Recreation in DP Camp

You went to movies?


What movies did you see?

Uh, Margaret O'Brien in the movies. I don't uh, remember the name. I was very afraid actually, mostly were English movies. And the English movies always started where they--there was this big disk and they hit that big disk.

Universal Pictures.

Universal Pictures and it was very frightening to me because it made this noise and it was very dark. Um, but it was exciting. Uh, there were plays. In, in, in Boelke-Kaserne people came to...

Theater groups came to you.

Yes. Golda Meir came and talked to us, which was a tremendous treat. She came to our class. She had her hair in a bun and she had black shoes with chunky heels. I remember her like it, yesterday.

And the theater groups were, they--Yiddish theater is it?

Yiddish theater. Um, there was a man that lives right here that he was whistling, he would whistle beautiful songs and you know, everybody would gather in, in the theater. There was a theater because it was an army base so they had all these facilities.

What was the man's name, do you know?

I, I don't remember, but he lives here.

He lives in Detroit?

Yeah, he and his wife. And when we found each other it was such an excitement, you know. I remember him from Boelke-Kaserne and now he can't whistle anymore, he's an old man. But he would whistle songs beautifully. And um, it was an interesting time in my life. Uh, now we know about Israel, we learn about it. We know it's not our land yet, but we hope it will be. Um, my mom is looking for her brother and she finds him. Uh, he uh, survived in Belgium. Uh, she, she wrote I think through the Red Cross or, or she wrote to the old addresses. I really don't know, I don't remember how, but she found my uncle.

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