Esther Eisen is a sculptor, poet and writer.
She was born in 1929 in Lodz, Poland, into a family of four. After the German invasion, the family was transferred in 1940 to the ghetto. After her older brother starved to death and her mother fell ill, Esther found a job making artificial flowers.
In August 1944, the ghetto was liquidated and the remaining Jews – including Esther and her father – were transported to Auschwitz. After ten days, Esther was sent to the Bomlitz labor camp. A month later, she was transferred to Bergen-Belsen, then to Elsnig, where she worked until April 1945.
When the war ended, Esther returned to Poland and tried, unsuccessfully, to find out her father’s fate. After the Kielce pogrom, she decided to leave Poland. Esther’s first husband, himself a Holocaust survivor, fell in a battle of the War of Independence. Esther remarried and in addition to being a mother and grandmother, Esther is a sculptor, poet and writer.