Bor, Walter (2 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives
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Interviewee's home, London
Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)
Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)
Part 2: Walter Bor [WB] His admiration for Soviet system against father’s view of the Soviets as a dictatorship though some unease about anti-democratic system. Czech Communist party. Impact of Munich and USSR. The Russian/German Pact. His interest in progressive theatre and playwright, Bruno Franck. His friendship with Katherine Thompson. The Green Cockatoo by Arthur Schnitzler directed jointly with Herbert Lom, details. Canoeing and skiing. Rich cultural life with monthly musical soirees at home. Early concerts and visit to Carmen. Frequent theatre visits and exodus of actors and musicians from Germany. Fostering of his interest in the arts. 1937 post-Matric school trip to Italy, hosted by Student Fascist Union and to Greece where sight of Acropolis strengthened his desire to be an architect. Talks about historic buildings in Prague and the difficulty of maintaining rendered Baroque buildings due to climate and sulphurous fumes.