Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Esther Lupian - 2007

Childhood

We survive...

At this point, you were seven years old.

Yeah, seven years, yeah and I understand more and more. But I never, never cry, I never say to my mom something. "Mom, I don't... I want this, I want this..." No, it was different, different childhood. It was absolutely different.

Was it a childhood?

Yeah, it was, but it's different. We... Behave was different, our. It's... But we cannot say that forest was maybe a little bit easier than ghetto.

But your lives were still in danger.

In forest?

In the forest.

Yes, every time we run out from, from Germans, they try to catch us. Catch us and kill uh, and dogs were terrible and we, we... Uh, some... something startled them sometimes. Something uh, they startle... They, they catch somebody, I don't know.

How do you feel about dogs now?

Oh, it's terrible, terrible. I can't feel differently.


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