Speaker: Ebinger, Arthur, 1931 - 0, Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Hooley, T, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Talks about education in Setschan in the former Yugoslavia, halted due to outbreak of World War II. Mentions attending church in youth but no longer being religious. Describes being in the Hitler Youth, mentions realisation that after Stalingrad Germany was losing war. Describes father, his journey through Prinz Eugen division of army as accountant, capture by British, staying in Britain after war, finding it hard to work in industry. Reflects on recent history of former Yugoslavia. Talks about applying unsuccessfully for compensation for effect of war, becoming German citiizen. Describes meeting family again after war, food eaten at home such as sauerkraut, creating Anglo-German club, keeping traditions going, making own music, difficulties of several families living in close quarters. Reflects on difficulties of fitting in to Leicester life, describes meeting wife and her family. Outlines work career as mechanic, talks about having to inform police of his movements. Describes having to close factory in Germany in 1980s, animosity caused by this. Talks about unions and relations at hosiery factory in Leicester, strike, promotion, decline in trade in 1980s, eventual closure of factory. Describes how coped with redundancy, setting up of hosiery spares export business, Interknit, through Enterprise Allowance scheme. Describes work of Interknit, mentions setting up small hosiery manufacturing business, son-in-law's factory, difficulties of hosiery business. Gives opinion on asylum seekers.
Place of birth: Setschan, Serbia
Education: Hosiery worker, Exporter
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 4
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Syston
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s, 2000s
Recording Date: 21/1/2003
Playing time: 2 hrs 30 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: EM/043
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