Irving R. Holocaust testimony (HVT-1100) interviewed by Sara Moss Herz and Dana L. Kline
- New Haven, Conn. : Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies, 1988
- Interview Date
- June 28, 1988.
- 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.
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.