“Everybody — every human being — has the obligation to contribute somehow to this world”

—Edith Carter, Holocaust Survivor

Esther Lucky

elEsther was born June 23, 1911 in Kassa, Hungary. Kassa was occupied in 1944. A Christian friend tried to give Esther her birth certificate for protection, but Esther would not accept it. Because Esther and her husband were prominent members of society, Esther was arrested and her husband Paul was forced to pay for her release. As events escalated, a family friend, Monsignor Wick, had a pair of special boots made for Esther before she was deported. These boots are what she attributes her survival.

Esther was deported to Auschwitz, where she was imprisoned for 9 days before being transported to Riga. By the end of the war, Esther would be imprisoned in 14 different concentration camps. At almost all of the camps she was sent to, she worked as a nurse for the ill and also injured soldiers. After Nazi overseers abandoned her and other prisoners in a camp near Ravensbruck, Esther made her way back to Kassa.

She arrived with nothing and was unable to take back her home (now occupied) and items that had been given to a family friend for safe keeping. Reunited in Kassa with her husband Paul, they had two sons before coming to America in 1948.