When Esther developed a terrible toothache, she used her wits and nerve to go to the German dentist. Figuring that the dentist would not help her if he knew that she was Jewish, and that she would give herself away with her Jewish accent, she took a Polish friend with her,
who she taught to say in German, ‘My sister has a toothache.’ After he took out her tooth, the dentist rewarded her with a bar of chocolate.
Esther’s mother was understandably shocked by her 13-year old daughter’s audacity, and Esther, in re-telling the story to us so many years later, seemed still surprised and amused at herself.
This scene presages the strength of will and courage that helped her to survive.