Speaker: Kvietkauskas, Vitas, 1926 - 0, Interviewee, Male, Hosiery worker
Speaker: Brown, C, Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Outlines family background in Siauliai, Lithuania, decision to move to Berlin for education during World War II (WWII), decision not to return to Lithuania at end of war but join girlfriend in UK. Describes situation in Manchester area, contract for foreign workers, arrival in Leicester, work in hosiery factories. Recalls bitterness at lack of freedom, buying own home, seeking to improve conditions. Talks about learning English, learning knitting, early financial situation. Talks about activities of Lithuanian societies. Recalls visits to Lithuania, situation found there, British attitudes to Lithuania. Reflects on divided loyalties between birthplace and home, various languages spoken in the family, strength of Baltic identity. Talks about 'Hill of the Crosses' and Lithuanian history, reflects positively on life in Britain.
Place of birth: Siauliai, Lithuania
Education: Siauliai, Berlin
Marital Status: Widowed, Children: Sons: 2
Location: County: Leicestershire, Lancashire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Manchester
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s
Recording Date: 11/3/2002
Playing time: 45 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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