Speaker: Ebinger, Arthur, 1931 - 0, Interviewee, Female,
Speaker: Hooley, T, Interviewer, Male
Summary of interview item: Gives brief history of German people in what was then Yugoslavia, family arriving in Setschan in 1806. Describes home life under German rule during World War II (WWII), family farm, arrival of Partisans, internment of ethnic Germans. Reflects on political systems experienced. Describes arrival of Tito, then Russians, family being put in camp by Partisans, hard conditions in camp, grandfather dying, examples of Partisan harshness, escape from camp to Romania. Mentions their village being very German in composition, family farm becoming state owned. Describes work on farm in Romania, trying to escape to the West but ending up in a camp, having no food, begging, managing to cross into refugee camp in Austria, eventually joining prisoner-of-war father in UK, ending up in Leicester. Talks about creating Anglo-German club. Mentions working for Bentley Group in Loughborough where workers went on strike because he was German. Recalls conditions improved, although had to report to police up until 1960s. Mentions problems learning English, meeting wife at dance.
Place of birth: Setschan, Serbia
Marital Status: Married, Children: Daughters: 4
Father's Occupation: Farmer
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester, Loughborough
Periods Covered: 1930s, 1940s, 1950s
Recording Date: 17/10/2002
Playing time: 2 hrs
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
Cross Reference: EM/55
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