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.

Fred Irving's Oral History

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Fred Irving - WWII veteran and retired ambassador - was interviewed by Allie Brudney on February 16, 2012, at the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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:

  • Fred Irving, air force, Prisoner of War, military, General Patton, army, 1940s, Unitarianism, Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island, Tuskegee Airmen, Navigator, British, German, Nuremberg, Bar Mitzvah, Jamaica, Hungary, Germany, Iceland,
  • Childhood
  • Jewish Identity
  • Career and Professional Life
  • World War Two
  • Jewish education
  • Eastern Europe
  • Advice
  • Religion and ritual
  • Western Europe
  • United States
  • Transmission
  • Anti-Semitism
  • Urban
  • Assimilation
  • Soviet Union
  • Immigration
  • Migration
  • Holocaust
  • Jewish community
  • Travel
  • Roots
  • heritage

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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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