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Barry I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2070) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Bonnie Dwork,

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-2070

Videotape testimony of Barry I., who was born in Munkácz, Czechoslovakia (presently Mukacheve, Ukraine) in 1913, one of eight children. He recalls his family's orthodoxy and Czech patriotism; serving in the Czech military; Hungarian occupation; antisemitic restrictions; conscription into a Hungarian forced labor battalion; working near the Polish border; transfer to Khust; volunteering to be punished in place of a friend (hanging by his hands and feet); traveling to Budapest for surgery; assistance from a nun who arranged a visit from his girlfriend; returning to Khust; forced labor digging trenches; avoiding transfer to the Russian front with help from a hometown friend; escape; a villager contacting the Soviet partisans for him; liberation in October 1944; stripping a Hungarian officer of his clothes and leaving him to die; returning to Munkácz (his parents and four siblings had perished); marriage to his girlfriend; reunion with a brother and sister; avoiding being killed for preventing the rape of a Jewish girl by Soviet soldiers; and emigration to the United States via Italy. He shows photographs and documents.

I., Barry, 1913-
New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
Interview Date
May 4, 1992.
Mukacheve (Ukraine)
Budapest (Hungary)
Khust (Ukraine)
2 copies: 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Barry I. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-2070). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.
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