Community History Collection
Speaker: Unknown, - 0, Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Illsley, Pete, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Interview with man and wife. He outlines being captured during World War II (WWII), being sent to Prisoner of War (POW) camp in Whissendine, Rutland, via Loughborough, Leics. She lived at Langham, Rutland, recalls seeing Italian POWs. Describe meeting each other, recall that Americans were friendly to Italians. Married in Italy, 1946, reflect on family attitudes to this, general attitudes to people in wartime. Describes great devastation caused by war in Italy. Comments on positive Italian attitudes to British. Recall decisions at end of war leading to marriage, ability to adapt to life in Italy as young. Describes customs in Abruzzo such as women not cutting hair, arranged marriages. He describes life in POW camp.
Place of birth: Abruzzo, Italy
Marital Status: Married, Children:
Location: County: Rutland
Location: Town/Place: Whissendine
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Playing time: 1 hr 2 mins
Access Restrictions: No consent Item Copyright: CHCL
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