A Hostage Ordeal Remembered

February 4, 2011 | Borough of Manhattan Community College, Newsmakers

Three decades after his release on Jan. 20, 1981, after 444 days of captivity in Iran, Barry Rosen discussed the ordeal and its emotional aftermath. “I lived on a day-to-day basis and my only hope was to survive each day,” says Rosen, who today is the executive director of public and external affairs at Borough of Manhattan Community College. Rosen was the press attaché in Tehran when students stormed the U.S. Embassy, and was among the 52 people who were bound, blindfolded and isolated during their incarceration. “It affects me today — Iran is part and parcel of my life and anybody who says it isn’t, who went through this situation, is not telling you the truth.”
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