Community History Collection
Speaker: Anon., 1921 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker/owner
Speaker: Carswell, J, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Explains how grandfather obtained British nationality enabling family to leave Germany before outbreak of World War II (WWII). Outlines gaining job in hosiery as knitter mechanic. Talks about joining army, landing in Normandy a fortnight after D-Day, ending up in Berlin. Explains feelings at time. Details progress from arriving in Leicester, 1938, through buying house on Shanklin Drive, move to Scotland, start of Ramon Knitting company in Leicester. Describes job as prison visitor, voluntary work with probation service. Mentions Jewish friends; social activities, such as dancing, when first came to Leicester. Mention of visits to concentration camps, tracing friend who died on forced march during WWII. Outlines political activity with Labour Party, Social Democrat Party (SDP), Liberal Democrats. Explains role as school governer in Oadby, Leics. Mentions visa restrictions in 1930s, perceived threat from Polish immigrants in Germany at turn of 19th/20th century, anti-semitism in Germany. Talks about changes in Leicester since 1938, particularly health & tuberculosis (TB). Mentions only attending synagogue once a year. Interviewed as part of Jewish Refugee Project.
Place of birth: Stuttgart, Germany
Marital Status: , Children:
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s
Recording Date: 1/7/1998
Playing time: 1 hr
Access Restrictions: Name withheld Item Copyright: CHCL
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