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Irving R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1100) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Dana L. Kline

Oral History | Fortunoff Collection ID: HVT-1100

Videotape testimony of Irving R., who was born in Moscow, Soviet Union, in 1920. He tells of his family's move from Rīga to Moscow before World War I; their return in the mid-1920s; antisemitism in prewar Latvia; German occupation in 1941; arrest by a Latvian Volksdeutsche who was a childhood friend; the Rumbuli massacres; forced labor; and life in the small ghetto. He describes his transfer to Kaiserwald in 1943; transport in 1944 to Stutthof, then Buchenwald, where he was forced to perform meaningless labor; producing ammunition at Bochum; escaping during a death march back to Buchenwald; recuperation in a Bavarian hospital; and arrival in the United States in 1947. Mr. R. recites lyrics of camp inmates' songs; reflects on revelations about the wartime and postwar activities of Barbie, Demjanjuk and Waldheim; and explains the role of children and grandchildren in preserving survivors' memories of the Holocaust.

Author/Creator
R., Irving, 1920-
Published
New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
Interview Date
June 28, 1988.
Language
English
Copies
3 copies: 3/4 in. master; 3/4 in. dub; and 1/2 in. VHS with time coding.
Cite As
Irving R. Holocaust Testimony (HVT-1100). Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, Yale University Library.