THE YIDDISH BOOK CENTER'S
Wexler Oral History Project

A growing collection of in-depth interviews with people of all ages and backgrounds, whose stories about the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture offer a rich and complex chronicle of Jewish identity.

Plane Goes Down in Hungary: Near-Death Experiences of a WWII POW

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  • Fred Irving, retired ambassador, describes the mission for the United States army during World War II that led to his prisoner of war status, a story that illuminates the amazing work of the Tuskegee Airmen.

This interview was conducted in English.

Fred Irving was born in 1921 in Providence, Rhode Island.

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Themes in this oral history excerpt:

  • World War Two
  • Eastern Europe

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About the Wexler Oral History Project

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Since 2010, the Yiddish Book Center’s Wexler Oral History Project has recorded more than 500 in-depth video interviews that provide a deeper understanding of the Jewish experience and the legacy and changing nature of Yiddish language and culture.

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