Barry I. Holocaust testimony (HVT-2070) interviewed by Gabriele Schiff and Bonnie Dwork
- New York, N.Y. : A Living Memorial to the Holocaust-Museum of Jewish Heritage, 1992
- Interview Date
- May 4, 1992.
- 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.
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.