Community History Collection
Speaker: Lawson, Tom, 1931 - 0, Interviewee, Male,
Speaker: Vernon, Lisa, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Born 1931 in Czechoslovakia to Austrian parents, brief outline of family background. Explains how father exported to Hubert Bergen of John Bull rubber company, leaving Czechoslovakia before World War II (WWII). Gives impressions of different aspects of Leicester in 1939, brief mention of home on Braunstone Avenue. Mentions parents' work at English Glass Company where many non-English speakers worked. Recalls meeting many other refugees in Leicester. Talks about school days as immigrant in WWII, different languages spoken. Mentions work after WWII with aircraft company on Isle of Wight, translating, meeting Germans. Brief mention of other Czechs in Leicester. Interviewed as part of Jewish Refugee Project.
Place of birth: Czechoslovakia
Education: Loughborough University
Marital Status: , Children:
Father's Occupation: Businessman
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 30/1/1998
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: CHCL
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