Voice/Vision Holocaust Survivor Oral History Archive

Esther Posner - March 11, 1986

Life in Delden

Clue me in, where were we?

Where were we? You were with a new family in Delden.

Right. Okay, in Delden. Um, all right. Uh, when I got there my aunt Ula was there and uh, I was very happy to see her. I've always been very close to her. And she had not had any children and she felt that I looked more like her than I looked like my mother so she liked people to think I was her daughter. Um, and I must have gotten there around January and I remember this, this particular home as being--I remember spring in this home. Uh, we had the hyacinth bulbs on the windowsills that were sprouting and we spent a lot of time--there was a, a rock garden around the house that was beautiful and we spent a lot of time digging and, and uh, planting and walk...again, walking in the woods there and uh, being quite far removed from the war at this point, except because I was Jewish I couldn't go to school still and uh, couldn't go back to Amsterdam, but the war seemed pretty far from there. One day my parents were there. They had been in--with a family, Mussing, where they had also been very well treated and they were very happy there. They woke up in the middle of the night. They, they slept in a small room under the attic and when they looked up, there was a--they had these red tile, uh, shingles--I don't know what they are. Do you know what they are? Clay?


There wasn't a single one left on the roof. There had been a bombing--again, this was near a railroad station--and I'm never going to be able to finish this--and the underground brought them to where we were staying.

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