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Fred Irving's Oral History
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.
Video highlights from this oral history
The Rabbi Said She Had To Vote Republican; Questioning Religion3 minutes 34 seconds
Learning About Prejudice from My Black Childhood Playmate2 minutes 2 seconds
April 29, 1945: Liberated By General Patton1 minute 23 seconds
This Fellow Can't Seem to Die: American Soldier Tortured in a POW Camp During WWII4 minutes 52 seconds
His Plane Goes Down in Hungary8 minutes 18 seconds
You Look at What's Inside A Person: Learning Liberal Jewishness From My Mother2 minutes 41 seconds
I Almost Came Close to Eating Something: A Forced March as an American Jewish POW at the End of WWII2 minutes 54 seconds
Plane Goes Down in Hungary: Near-Death Experiences of a WWII POW8 minutes 18 seconds
Planning to Escape a German POW Camp5 minutes 53 seconds
More information about this oral history
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,
- Jewish Identity
- Career and Professional Life
- World War Two
- Jewish education
- Eastern Europe
- Religion and ritual
- Western Europe
- United States
- Soviet Union
- Jewish community
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