Bor, Walter (3 of 29) National Life Stories Collection: Architects' Lives

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    Interviewee's home, London

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    Bor, Walter, 1916-1999 (speaker, male)

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    Brodie, Louise (speaker, female)

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    Part 3: Walter Bor [WB] Continues on historical architecture in Prague, planned in mid C14 by Charles 1V who laid out infrastructure as centre of European culture, forming a fabulous landscape. Growing up in Prague programmed him as a city planner. Home life with mostly Slovak girls as servants. Details of two particular girls. WB was a late developer, sex education at school, prostitution and VD. Took Matric at age eighteen. Weekend leisure activities. Story of close friend who was gay, his over-possessiveness and WB’s inability to deal with this. Ended up in Terezin, took poison. His later dealings with gay planner in Liverpool. First meeting with Katherine, not part of inner group, a love affair. WB was anti-Zionist and K’s father, a Zionist and illustrious X-Ray specialist, moved her to England in 1937. Story of anti-semitism in café and his affair with another girl friend, Vera. His decision to become an architect, subjects for Matric and school syllabus.

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