Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Esther Posner - March 11, 1986

Being Held at the Schouwburg Theater IV

When, when you were in the--the last time you were in the theater, were you there for three days again?

It's very hard to tell because you can't--you don't know if it's morning or night. There are no windows, it's very hard to tell time.

But for a prolonged period.

It's two or three days.

Just like when you were in, in hiding, what did you do all...

In the theater?

In the theater. Did you sit all day and observe?

People--it was very depressing there. People knew what they were there for. Uh, people would constantly go to members of the ??? and try to talk to them and try to get them to do something for them. There were always lines, long lines that you had to stand in for food, to go outside. Uh, when you had to go outside--you know how, a, a theater has a stage and what they did is--and, and there was a pit for the orchestra. What they did is they put a couple of planks from the, the, the floor of the theater to the stage and we had to go over those planks. And they were very shaky and I was petrified to go over those planks. And uh, there were old people who couldn't make it, who fell and um, it was just a terrible scene there. It was just a uh, it was just very frightening to be there.

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