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The interview of Irving Benedone by Rachel Safra of UCF in Casselberry, FL. Benedone discusses his birth in Poland; the work his father did and how he met with his wife; father’s immigration to the United States; the struggle endured by his mother; father’s life during the 1929 Market Crash; the family of his mother’s side and immigrating to the United States; how the Holocaust affected Benedone’s family from his mother’s side; moving to Brooklyn; getting drafted into the Army; discussing the Normandy invasion; working as a MP and discrimination he endured; joining a College Football Team; joining the New Home Club; revisiting Poland; becoming a citizen of the United States by the order of President Eisenhower; going to a trip to London and preventing an airplane bombing; final thoughts; end of the interview.

Date of Birth



Video; MovingImage


Rachael Safra

Interview Date

Spring 2-25-2020

Location of Interview

Veteran's Residence

Collection Description

Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.

Contributor Affiliation / Organization

RICHES University of Central Florida

Length of Interview

57 Minutes


Department of History, University of Central Florida




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University of Central Florida Libraries, Special Collections & University Archives

Contributing Project

UCF Community Veterans History Project

Document Type